John Muir: His Life and Letters and Other Writings

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The Mountaineers Books, 1996 - Biography & Autobiography - 912 pages
Includes Studies in the Sierra; Picturesque California; Cruise of the Corwin; Stickeen; and more.
 

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Contents

The Ancestral Background page
19
Life on a Wisconsin Farm 18491860
33
As a Questioner at the Tree of Knowledge
51
The Sojourn in Canada 18641866
68
From Indiana to California 18661868
85
Following the Sheep 18681869
96
First Yosemite Years 18691870
109
Yosemite Emerson and the Sequoias
126
The Lost Glacier
653
The Dog and the Man
663
The Man in Perspective
673
H Stickeen
685
Notes on the Pacific Coast Glaciers
699
Preface by William Frederic Bade page
713
Unalaska and the Aleuts
725
Among the Islands of Bering Sea
731

Persons and Problems
142
Yosemite and Beyond 18721873
181
On Widening Currents 18731875
197
The World Needs the Woods 18751878
215
Nevada Alaska and a Home 18781880
237
The Second Alaska Trip and the Search for the Jeannette 18801881
254
Winning a Competence 18811891
278
Trees and Travel 18911897
305
Unto the Last I 18971905
327
His Public Service
366
ADDENDUM
381
Letters Written During a Trip to Scotland and Europe 1893
383
Mountain Sculpture page
395
The Origin of Yosemite Valleys
407
Ancient Glaciers and Their Pathways
420
Glacial Denudation
433
PostGlacial Denudation
445
The Formation of Soils
456
MountainBuilding
469
Yosemite Glaciers
481
Yosemite in Winter
489
Yosemite in Spring
495
Essays from Picturesque California
509
Treasures and Features of the Proposed Yosemite National Park
587
The Discovery of Glacier Bay 707
615
The Mountain page
625
The Rescue
631
The Voyage
637
The Discovery
646
Siberian Adventures
737
In Peril from the Pack
743
A Chukchi Orator
747
Eskimos and Walrus
751
At Plover Bay and St Michael
756
Return of the Search Party
762
Villages of the Dead
769
Glimpses of Alaskan Tundra
775
Caribou and a Native Fair
781
Zigzags among the Polar Pack
787
First Ascent of Herald Island
792
Approaching a Mysterious Land
796
The Land of the White Bear
801
Tragedies of the Whaling Fleet
807
Meeting the Point Barrow Expedition
813
A Siberian Reindeer Herd
817
Turned Back by Storms and Ice
822
Homeward Bound
825
The Glaciation of the Arctic and Subarctic Regions visited during the Cruise
829
Botanical Notes
841
John MuirPresident of the Sierra Club William E Colby
869
Recollections of John Muir Charles Keeler
878
John Muir and the Alaska Book Marion RandallParsons
884
Personal Recollections of John Muir Samuel Merrill
892
John Muir Mountaineer Sir Edward Peck
898
Muirs original account The Discovery of Glacier Bay 1879 which
907
Index for The Life and Letters of John Muir
909
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About the author (1996)

The naturalist John Muir was born in Dunbar, Scotland. When he was 11 years old, he moved to the United States with his family and lived on a Wisconsin farm, where he had to work hard for long hours. He would rise as early as one o'clock in the morning in order to have time to study. At the urging of friends, he took some inventions he had made to a fair in Madison, Wisconsin. This trip resulted in his attending the University of Wisconsin. After four years in school, he began the travels that eventually took him around the world. Muir's inventing career came to an abrupt end in 1867, when he lost an eye in an accident while working on one of his mechanical inventions. Thereafter, he focused his attention on natural history, exploring the American West, especially the Yosemite region of California. Muir traveled primarily on foot carrying only a minimum amount of food and a bedroll. In 1880 Muir married Louie Strentzel, the daughter of an Austrian who began the fruit and wine industry in California. One of the first explorers to postulate the role of glaciers in forming the Yosemite Valley, Muir also discovered a glacier in Alaska that later was named for him. His lively descriptions of many of the natural areas of the United States contributed to the founding of Yosemite National Park in 1890. His urge to preserve these areas for posterity led to his founding of the Sierra Club in 1892.

Terry Gifford is an ecocritic and poet, the author of Ted Hughes (Routledge, 2009), Reconnecting With John Muir: Essays in Post-Pastoral Practice (University of Georgia Press, 2006), Pastoral (Routledge, 1999) and Green Voices: Understanding Contemporary Nature Poetry (Manchester University Press, 1995; second edition CCC Press, 2011), together with six chapters in books on Ted Hughes. His seventh collection of poems is (with Christopher North) Al Otro Lado del Aguilar (Oversteps Books, 2011). Author of The Joy of Climbing (Whittles, 2004), he is also a trustee of the UK's Mountain Heritage Trust.

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