The Mountains of California

The Mountains of California

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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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 124.46 x 193.04 x 17.78mm | 226.8g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • w. sketches and photos
  • 0143105256
  • 9780143105251
  • 435,429

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"Mr. Muir is a nature-lover of a fine type, one of the best the country has produced."--John Burroughs
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About John Muir

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.
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