A review of son of wilderness the life of john muir by linnie marsh wolfe

As a professional forester, his view was that "forestry is tree farming," without destroying the long-term viability of the forests. Through all his wanderings, Muir retained a close affection and responsibility for his mother, his brothers and sisters, and his wife and daughters.

Activism and controversies[ edit ] Yosemite Valley and the Merced River Establishing Yosemite National Park[ edit ] Muir threw himself into the preservationist role with great vigor. John Muir went into partnership with his father-in-law, Dr. He once told a visitor to his ranch there, "This is a good place to be housed in during stormy weather, I wish you would write of him from that point of view, and tell of his human relationships.

Muir's biographer, Frederick Turner, notes Muir's journal entry upon first visiting the valley and writes that his description "blazes from the page with the authentic force of a conversion experience. Even before they entered the park, he was able to convince Roosevelt that the best way to protect the valley was through federal control and management.

This book, originally published in and based in large part on Wolfe's personal interviews with people who knew and worked with Muir, is one that could never be written again. Pinchot was the first head of the United States Forest Service and a leading spokesman for the sustainable use of natural resources for the benefit of the people.

Muir joined Roosevelt in Oakland, Californiafor the train trip to Raymond. He often compiled and organized such earlier writings as collections of essays or included them as part of narrative books.

At the end, I closed the book with a deep sigh of affection for a man I never knew and wished I had.

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We watch as he grows and absorbs the learning and wisdom afforded by the wilderness to those who will really look and feel and see. We see Muir as a young man, being molded in the furnace of family affliction by a father who, only in his elder years learned to love unconditionally.

Botanical studies[ edit ] In addition to his geologic studies, Muir also investigated the plant life of the Yosemite area. We see Muir as a young man, being molded in the furnace of family affliction by a father who, only in his elder years learned to love unconditionally.

Then there are the "conversations" she reconstructs throughout the text, as if she had taken dictation while Muir mused upon a mountain top or got down and dirty with his avowed enemies. His fundamental passion for the outdoors, his conservationist efforts, and the numerous friendships he built over the years all play out in Wolfe's streaming narrative, giving us amazing insight and untold detail on the intricate, genius mind that rallied so many people to common cause.

This notion was in stark contradiction to the accepted contemporary theory, promulgated by Josiah Whitney head of the California Geological Surveywhich attributed the formation of the valley to a catastrophic earthquake.

Does this signal a protectiveness of her work and her subject? His countrymen owe him gratitude as the pioneer of our system of national parks.

After entering the park and seeing the magnificent splendor of the valley, the president asked Muir to show him the real Yosemite.

Son of the wilderness; the life of John Muir,

Sierra Club In earlyProfessor Henry Senger, a philologist at the University of California, Berkeleycontacted Muir with the idea of forming a local 'alpine club' for mountain lovers. John Strentzeland for ten years directed most of his energy into managing this large fruit ranch.

As well dam for water-tanks the people's cathedrals and churches, for no holier temple has ever been consecrated by the hearts of man. Upset by the Civil War and uncertain about his course in life, he left Madison in to wander in the Canadian wilderness.

All readers who have admired Muir's ruggedly individualistic lifestyle, and those who wish a greater appreciation for the history of environmental preservation in America, will be enthralled and enlightened by this splendid biography.

Muir later wrote, "I never for a moment thought of giving up God's big show for a mere profship! The quake woke Muir in the early morning, and he ran out of his cabin "both glad and frightened," exclaiming, "A noble earthquake!

She sent many of her friends to Yosemite to meet Muir and "to hear him preach the gospel of the mountains," writes Gisel. He held a strong connection with his birthplace and Scottish identity throughout his life and was frequently heard talking about his childhood spent amid the East Lothian countryside.

His main interest was the study of glaciation. He greatly admired the works of Thomas Carlyle and poetry of Robert Burns ; he was known to carry a collection of poems by Burns during his travels through the American wilderness.

Son of the Wilderness: The Life of John Muir

There is one major problem: He brought the need for conservation to a consensus, not only hear but around the world. Working closely with Muir's family and with his papers, Wolfe was able to create a full portrait of her subject, not only as America's firebrand conservationist and founder of the national park system, but also as husband, father, and friend.Download Son of the Wilderness audiobook by Linnie Marsh Wolfe at Downpour Audio Books - All who have admired Muir's ruggedly individualistic lifestyle, or who wish a greater appreciation of the history of environmental preservation in America, will be enthralled and enlightened by this Pulitzer prize-winning biography.

Working closely with Muir's family and with his papers, Linnie Marsh Wolfe. Note: Citations are based on reference standards. However, formatting rules can vary widely between applications and fields of interest or study. The specific requirements or preferences of your reviewing publisher, classroom teacher, institution or organization should be applied.

Linnie Marsh Wolfe () worked as both a teacher and a public librarian in California. She also edited John of the Mountains: The Unpublished Journals of John Muir.

Working closely with Muir’s family and with his papers, Wolfe was able to create a full portrait of her subject, not only as America’s firebrand conservationist and founder of the national park system, but also as husband, father, and friend.

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