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Mar 25, 2008
| ISBN 9780143105251
Mar 25, 2008
| ISBN 9781101078099
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Mar 25, 2008 | ISBN 9780143105251
Mar 25, 2008 | ISBN 9781101078099
A stirring tribute to one of America’s most remote and beautiful places by one of the first modern preservationists This Penguin Classic-Muir’s first book-puts a pioneering conservationist’s passion for nature in high relief. With a poet’s sensitivity and a naturalist’s eye, Muir celebrates the Sierra Nevada, which he dedicated his life to saving, and recounts his breathtaking visits to Yosemite Valley, Kings Canyon, Sequoia Groves, and Mount Whiskey. The Mountains of California is an affecting celebration of raw nature by one of its most ardent defenders.
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.
JOHN MUIR was born in 1838 in Scotland, and immigrated with his family in 1849 to the United States. In 1892, he and his colleague Robert Underwood Johnson founded the Sierra Club, of which Muir was president until his death; he… More about John Muir
"Mr. Muir is a nature-lover of a fine type, one of the best the country has produced."–John Burroughs
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