The Mountains of California

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Penguin, Mar 25, 2008 - Nature - 304 pages
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When John Muir traveled to California in 1868, he found the pristine mountain ranges that would inspire his life’s work. The Mountains of California is the culmination of the ten years Muir spent in the Sierra Nevadas, studying every crag, crook, and valley with great care and contemplation.

Bill McKibben writes in his Introduction that Muir "invents, by sheer force of his love, an entirely new vocabulary and grammar of the wild . . . a language of ecstasy and exuberance."

The Mountains of California
is as vibrant and vital today as when it was written over a century ago.

This Modern Library Paperback Classic includes the photographs and line drawings from the original 1898 edition.
  

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User Review  - Patrick Murphy - Goodreads

I admit that by today's language standards Muir may be a bit hard to read. And, although his father was a religious zealot known to beat him, he himself turned out quite spiritual... it's just that he ... Read full review

Review: The Mountains of California

User Review  - Goodreads

I admit that by today's language standards Muir may be a bit hard to read. And, although his father was a religious zealot known to beat him, he himself turned out quite spiritual... it's just that he ... Read full review

Contents

PRIMARY TEXTS
SNOWBANNERS
SHADOW LAKE
ORANGE LAKE
LAKE STARR KING
HANGING MEADOWS
THE NUT PINE
SUGAR PINE
MAGNIFICENT SILVER FIR OR RED FIR
BIG TREE
TWOLEAVED OR TAMARACK PINE
MOUNTAIN PINE
JUNIPER OR RED CEDAR
HEMLOCK SPRUCE
DWARF PINE
WHITE PINE

YELLOW OR SILVER PINE
DOUGLAS SPRUCE
INCENSE CEDAR
WHITE SILVER FIR
NEEDLE PINE
NUT PINE
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About the author (2008)

John Muir (1838-1914) was born in Scotland. In 1849 he emigrated with his family to the United States, where he later enrolled in courses in chemistry, geology, and botany at the University of Wisconsin. Muir made extended journeys throughout America, observing both scientifically and enthusiastically the beauties of the wilderness. The Mountains of California, his first book, was published in 1894. He eventually settled in California, where he became an impassioned leader of the forest conservation movement. His writings include Our National Parks (1901), My First Summer in the Sierra (1911), The Yosemite (1912), Travels in Alaska (1915), A Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf (1916), and Steep Trails (1918).


Edward Hoagland's books include The Courage of Turtles, Walking the Dead Diamond River, Red Wolves and Black Bears, and Notes from the Century Before: A Journal from British Columbia.
Edward Hoagland's books include The Courage of Turtles, Walking the Dead Diamond River, Red Wolves and Black Bears, and Notes from the Century Before: A Journal from British Columbia.

Edward Hoagland has written more than twenty books, including the travel memoirs Alaskan Travels and African Calliope, the essay collections Walking the Dead Diamond River and The Tugman's Passage, and the novels Cat Man and Seven Rivers West. He worked in the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus while attending Harvard, and later traveled the world writing for a number of national magazines including Harper's and Esquire. He has received numerous prestigious literary awards, and taught at many American colleges and universities. He is a native New Yorker, who now divides his time between Martha's Vineyard and Burton, Vermont.

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