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

By Donald Worster

"I am hopelessly and eternally 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 in simple terms to appeal to humans to examine Nature's loveliness. my very own distinct self is nothing."

In Donald Worster's magisterial biography, John Muir's "special self" is totally explored as is his remarkable skill, then and now, to get others to determine the sacred fantastic thing about the wildlife. 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 keeping with Muir's complete deepest correspondence and to fulfill glossy scholarly criteria. but it's also filled with wealthy element and private anecdote, uncovering the complicated internal existence at the back of the legend of the solitary mountain guy. It strains Muir from his boyhood in Scotland and frontier Wisconsin to his grownup existence in California correct after the Civil battle as much as his dying at the eve of worldwide conflict I. It explores his marriage and family members lifestyles, his courting along with his abusive father, his many friendships with the standard and recognized (including Theodore Roosevelt and Ralph Waldo Emerson), and his function in founding the trendy American conservation stream. encouraged by means of Muir's ardour for the desolate tract, americans created an extended and beautiful record of nationwide parks and barren region components, Yosemite such a lot well-liked between them. but the ebook 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 effect. a guy for whom climbing was once "a pathway to revelation and worship."

For someone wishing to extra totally comprehend America's first nice environmentalist, and the large effect 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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