* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Muir’s life and works
* Concise introductions to the books
* All the nature books, with individual contents tables
* Features rare works appearing for the first time in digital publishing
* Images of how the books were first published, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts
* Excellent formatting of the texts
* Famous works are fully illustrated with their original artwork
* Features Muir’s Overland articles
* Includes Muir’s autobiographies - spend hours following the author’s adventures
* Special ‘Contextual Pieces’ section, with contemporary articles, reviews and essays evaluating Muir’s works
* Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres
Please note: the biography by William Frederic Badè cannot appear in the edition due to copyright.
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THE MOUNTAINS OF CALIFORNIA
STICKEEN: AN ADVENTURE WITH A DOG AND A GLACIER
OUR NATIONAL PARKS
EDWARD HENRY HARRIMAN
TRAVELS IN ALASKA
LETTERS TO A FRIEND
A THOUSAND-MILE WALK TO THE GULF
THE CRUISE OF THE CORWIN
OVERLAND MONTHLY ARTICLES
MY FIRST SUMMER IN THE SIERRA
THE STORY OF MY BOYHOOD AND YOUTH
JOHN MUIR: CONTEXTUAL ARTICLES, ESSAYS AND REVIEWS
ZANITA: A TALE OF THE YO-SEMITE by Thérèse Yelverton
THE MOUNTAIN TRAIL AND ITS MESSAGE by Albert W. Palmer
ALASKA DAYS WITH JOHN MUIR by S. Hall Young
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Having spent significant time obsessively exploring and learning about the Sierra, John Muir’s passion for and belief in preserving the wilderness steadily grew. He believed that excessive grazing and logging would result in its eventual destruction, and so campaigned to designate the area as a protected national park.
In 1890, the US Congress passed the National Park Bill, and the Yosemite and Sequoia national parks were established. At the time of writing, Muir’s views on conservation of the wilderness were totally radical; today, environmental activists are too often brushed aside in favour of something faster, easier, and cheaper.
Muir not only educates us in the particulars of the botanicals of this spectacular landscape, but also inadvertently traps us in his web of enthusiasm for the beauty and significance of Mother Nature. The Yosemite gives us the tools to construct a detailed mental map of the Sierra, and leaves us with the resolution to be more compassionate and environmentally mindful.
First published in 1912, and with a new introduction from Muir authority Terry Gifford, the message in The Yosemite is perhaps more pertinent now than it ever was. There is a lot to thank Muir for, not least opening our eyes to the earth beneath our feet.