My First Summer in the Sierra
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My First Summer in the Sierra : The Journal of a Soul on Fire

By (author) John Muir , Introduction by Robert Macfarlane

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The name John Muir has come to stand for the protection of wild land and wilderness in both America and Britain. Born in Dunbar in 1838, Muir is famed as a pioneer of conservation, and his passion, discipline and vision are still inspirational today. Combining acute observation with a sense of inner discovery, Muir's description of the summer he spent in what would become Yosemite National Park in California's Sierra Nevada mountains raises an awareness of nature to a spiritual dimension. His journal provides a unique weaving of natural history, lyrical prose and amusing anecdote, retaining a freshness, intensity and honesty which will amaze the modern reader.

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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 130 x 198 x 16mm | 170g
  • 20 Sep 2007
  • Canongate Books Ltd
  • Edinburgh
  • English
  • Main
  • 1841957585
  • 9781841957586
  • 187,240

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JOHN MUIR (1838-1914) was born and raised in Dunbar, East Lothian. When his family emigrated to Wisconsin in 1849, young John was bought up to hard labour on his father's homestead. A natural inventor, he first discovered the joys of walking, and writing, after an industrial accident nearly blinded him. His journals, articles and lectures helped to develop international awareness of the need to preserve and protect the environment, and led to the foundation of the General Grant, Sequoia and Yosemite national parks in the US, as well as important conservation areas in his native East Lothian. John Muir has been honoured ever since as the 'father' of the modern environment movement.

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"The richness of his writing roots deeper into the terrain than any other wilderness writer known to me." Los Angeles Times "Muir's book continues to inspire... it stands among the enduring classics of environmental literature." Gregory McNamee "As more and more of us grow aghast at what we have done to the world we started with, Muir's reverence and devotion will seem keenly germane, and our regret may be transmuted into a fight for the future." Edward Hoagland"

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