A Passion for Nature: The Life of John Muir

A Passion for Nature: The Life of John Muir

Donald Worster

"I am hopelessly and without end a mountaineer," John Muir wrote. "Civilization and fever and the entire morbidness that has been hooted at me has no longer dimmed my glacial eye, and that i care to reside simply to attract humans to examine Nature's loveliness. my very own exact self is nothing."

In Donald Worster's magisterial biography, John Muir's "special self" is absolutely explored as is his outstanding skill, then and now, to get others to work out the sacred fantastic thing about the flora and fauna. A ardour for Nature is the main whole account of the good conservationist and founding father of the Sierra membership ever written. it's the first to be in response to Muir's complete inner most correspondence and to satisfy smooth scholarly criteria. but it's also choked with wealthy element and private anecdote, uncovering the advanced internal existence at the back of the legend of the solitary mountain guy. It lines Muir from his boyhood in Scotland and frontier Wisconsin to his grownup lifestyles in California correct after the Civil struggle as much as his demise at the eve of global battle I. It explores his marriage and relations lifestyles, his courting along with his abusive father, his many friendships with the common-or-garden and recognized (including Theodore Roosevelt and Ralph Waldo Emerson), and his position in founding the fashionable American conservation flow. encouraged via Muir's ardour for the wasteland, americans created an extended and attractive record of nationwide parks and desert parts, Yosemite such a lot well known between them. but the publication additionally describes a Muir who was once a winning fruit-grower, a skilled scientist and world-traveler, a doting father and husband, a self-made guy of wealth and political impression. a guy for whom hiking used to be "a pathway to revelation and worship."

For someone wishing to extra absolutely comprehend America's first nice environmentalist, and the big impression he nonetheless exerts at the present time, Donald Worster's biography deals a wealth of perception into the passionate nature of a guy whose ardour for nature is still unsurpassed.

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