A Passion for Nature: The Life of John Muir by Donald Worster PDF

By Donald Worster

ISBN-10: 0195166825

ISBN-13: 9780195166828

ISBN-10: 0199782245

ISBN-13: 9780199782246

ISBN-10: 1511383917

ISBN-13: 9781511383912

"I am hopelessly and ceaselessly a mountaineer," John Muir wrote. "Civilization and fever and the entire morbidness that has been hooted at me has now not dimmed my glacial eye, and that i care to dwell simply to appeal to humans to examine Nature's loveliness. my very own detailed self is nothing."

In Donald Worster's magisterial biography, John Muir's "special self" is absolutely explored as is his striking skill, then and now, to get others to work out the sacred fantastic thing about the wildlife. A ardour for Nature is the main entire account of the nice conservationist and founding father of the Sierra membership ever written. it's the first to be according to Muir's complete inner most correspondence and to satisfy smooth scholarly criteria. but it's also jam-packed with wealthy aspect and private anecdote, uncovering the complicated internal lifestyles in the back of the legend of the solitary mountain guy. It strains Muir from his boyhood in Scotland and frontier Wisconsin to his grownup lifestyles in California correct after the Civil struggle as much as his dying at the eve of worldwide warfare I. It explores his marriage and family members lifestyles, his dating along with his abusive father, his many friendships with the standard and recognized (including Theodore Roosevelt and Ralph Waldo Emerson), and his position in founding the fashionable American conservation circulate. encouraged by way of Muir's ardour for the barren region, americans created an extended and beautiful checklist of nationwide parks and barren region parts, Yosemite so much well-liked between them. but the ebook additionally describes a Muir who used to be a profitable fruit-grower, a skilled scientist and world-traveler, a doting father and husband, a self-made guy of wealth and political impact. a guy for whom climbing used to be "a pathway to revelation and worship."

For an individual wishing to extra absolutely comprehend America's first nice environmentalist, and the large impact he nonetheless exerts this day, Donald Worster's biography bargains a wealth of perception into the passionate nature of a guy whose ardour for nature continues to be unsurpassed.

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