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

By Donald Worster

"I am hopelessly and perpetually a mountaineer," John Muir wrote. "Civilization and fever and the entire morbidness that has been hooted at me has now not dimmed my glacial eye, and that i care to stay simply to appeal to humans to examine Nature's loveliness. my very own certain self is nothing."

In Donald Worster's magisterial biography, John Muir's "special self" is absolutely explored as is his notable 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 nice conservationist and founding father of the Sierra membership ever written. it's the first to be in line with Muir's complete inner most correspondence and to fulfill smooth scholarly criteria. but it's also jam-packed with wealthy element and private anecdote, uncovering the complicated internal lifestyles 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 existence in California correct after the Civil struggle as much as his loss of life at the eve of worldwide warfare I. It explores his marriage and family members existence, his courting together with his abusive father, his many friendships with the common-or-garden and recognized (including Theodore Roosevelt and Ralph Waldo Emerson), and his function in founding the fashionable American conservation stream. encouraged by way of Muir's ardour for the desert, americans created an extended and wonderful record of nationwide parks and desolate tract parts, Yosemite such a lot favourite between them. but the booklet additionally describes a Muir who was once a profitable fruit-grower, a skilled scientist and world-traveler, a doting father and husband, a self-made guy of wealth and political impact. 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 impact he nonetheless exerts this present day, Donald Worster's biography deals a wealth of perception into the passionate nature of a guy whose ardour for nature continues to be unsurpassed.

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