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eco-activist  John  Muir

Theodore Roosevelt [1858-1919] and John Muir [1838-1914] atop Glacier Point in 1903, looking north across Yosemite Valley toward the Yosemite Creek Fall; shadows indicate an early morning trek          short profile


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"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in,
where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul."

"God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand
tempests and floods. But He cannot save them from fools."

"Keep close to Nature's heart. . . and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain
or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean."

"When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe."

"The gross heathenism of civilization has generally destroyed nature, and poetry, and all that is spiritual."

"Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into the trees."

— John Muir

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born in Scotland; family to Wisconsin in 1849; 1000-mile trek Louisville KY to Florida Gulf Coast; SFO 1868 lived in Yosemite Valley for four years 2 daughters & dog Stickeen 1889 back to Yosemite wife died 1905 1913 hetch hetchy lost Congress created Natl park Service in 1916

John Muir entry at Wikipedia
browse books {50+ titles} at the John Muir Store at Amazon

Eight Wilderness Discovery Books by John Muir  "John Muir: The Eight Wilderness Discovery Books" [1992 omnibus]
includes the eight books in order of content (childhood first): "The Story of My Boyhood and Youth" [1913]; "A Thousand-Mile Walk To The Gulf" [1916]; "My First Summer In The Sierra" [1911]; "The Mountains of California" [1894]; "Our National Parks" [1901]; "The Yosemite" [1920]; "Travels In Alaska" [1915]; and "Steep Trails" [1919]
The Mountaineers Books 9½x6¼ hardcover [8/92] for $25.48
Hodder & Stoughton 9x6 hardcover [8/92] out of print/used
Library of America John Muir Nature Writings edited by William Cronon  "John Muir: Nature Writings" [1997]
Edited by William Cronon

Library of America 8¼x5¼ hardcover [4/97] for $22.40
includes "Story of My Boyhood and Youth" [1913]; "My First Summer In The Sierra" [1911]; "The Mountains of California" [1894]; "Stickeen" [1909]; Essays
John Muir Reader book edited by Graham White  "Journeys In The Wilderness: A John Muir Reader" [1998]
Edited & with Introduction by Graham White

includes "The Story of My Boyhood and Youth", "My First Summer In The Sierra", and selections from "The Mountains of California", "Our National Parks", "The Yosemite", and "Steep Trails"
Kindle Edition from Canongate Books [4/2011] for $9.99
Birlinn, Ltd. UK 7½x5 pb [12/2009] out of print/used
Canongate UK 7¾x5 pb [2/98] out of print/used
Essential Muir book edited by Fred D. White  "Essential Muir: A Selection of John Muir's Best Writings" [2006]
Edited & with Introduction by Fred D. White

includes excerpts from "A Thousand-Mile Walk", "Cruise of The Corwin", "John Muir's Last Journey", "Life and Letters", "Mountains of California", "Stickeen", and "Story of My Boy-hood", and articles published in The New York Tribune (1871), Sacramento Daily Union (1876), and Atlantic Monthly (1897)
Heyday 8½x5½ pb [4/2006] for $10.21
Wisdom of John Muir book edited by Anne Rowthorn  "The Wisdom of John Muir: 100+ Selections From The Letters, Journals, and Essays of The Great Naturalist" [2012]
Compiled by Anne Rowthorn, Foreword by Bill McKibben

Kindle Edition from Wilderness Press [4/2012] for $9.39
Wilderness Press 7½x5½ pb [3/2012] for $11.21
author's official website

Writings of John Muir
browse books {50+ titles} at the John Muir Store at Amazon

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"Picturesque California" [1888–1890]

"The Mountains of California" [1894] - complete text online

"Our National Parks" [1901]

the two "Stickeen" books [1909 & 1915] are listed below

"My First Summer In The Sierra" [1911]

"Edward Henry Harriman" [1911]

"The Story of My Boyhood and Youth" [1913]

"Letters To A Friend" [1915]

"Travels In Alaska" [1915] - full text online

"A Thousand-Mile Walk To The Gulf" [1916] edited by William Frederic Badè - full text online

"The Cruise of The Corwin" [1917]

"Steep Trails" [1919]

"The Yosemite" [1920] - full text online

"Studies In The Sierra" [1950 reprint of serials from 1874]

Other  Works  of  John  Muir

join the Sierra Club [est. 1892]

Unpublished Journals of John Muir book edited by Linnie Marsh Wolfe  "John of The Mountains: The Unpublished Journals of John Muir" [1938]
Edited by Linnie Marsh Wolfe [1881-1945]

Univ Wisconsin Press 8¾x5½ pb [5/79] for $29.95
Univ Wisconsin Press 8½x5¾ hardcover [5/79] out of print/used
Houghton, Mifflin 8½x5¾ hardcover [1938] out of print/used
Wilderness World of John Muir book edited by Edwin Way Teale  "The Wilderness World of John Muir" [1954]
Edited by Edwin Way Teale,? Illustrations by Henry B. Kane

'The most enduring work of a great naturalist and writer'
Mariner Books 8¼x5½ pb [8/2001] for $11.98
Houghton Mifflin 8x5¾ hardcover [1954] out of print/used
John Muir in His Own Words Quotations book edited by Peter Browning  "John Muir In His Own Words: A Book of Quotations" [1988]
Compiled & edited by Peter Browning

Kindle Edition from Great West Books [1988 edition] for $8.29
Great West Books pb [7/88] for $11.01
Wilderness Essays book by John Muir  "Wilderness Essays" [1989] by John Muir,
Edited & Introduced by Frank Buske

Kindle Edition from Peregrine Smith Books [1989 edition] for 99¢
Peregrine Smith Books 8¼x5¼ pb [2/89] out of print/used
Gibbs Smith 8¾x5½ hardcover [4/2011] for $13.94
Twenty-two of John Muir's Greatest Adventures book edited by Lee Stetson  "The Wild Muir: Twenty-Two of John Muir's Greatest Adventures" [1994]
Edited by Lee Stetson, Illustrated by Fiona King

Lee Stetson has performed as John Muir in one-man stageplays
at Yosemite Park for over 20 years.
Heyday Books/Yosemite Assn. 8x6 pb [3/2008] for $10.99
Yosemite Assn. 8x6 pb [6/94] out of print/many, many used
John Muir's Last Journey book edited by Michael P. Branch  "John Muir's Last Journey: South To The Amazon and East To Africa - Unpublished Journals and Selected Correspondence" [2001]
Edited by Michael P. Branch

At the age of 73 in 1911, naturalist John Muir embarked alone on an eight-month,
40,000-mile-long journey to South America and then to Africa.

Island Press 9x6¼ hardcover [5/2001] for $37.50

Books  About  John  Muir

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Alaska Days With John Muir book by Samuel Hall Young  "Alaska Days With John Muir" [1915] by S. Hall Young [1847-1927]
Univ Toronto Libraries 8x5 pb [11/2011] for $18.99
Library of Congress 11½x7¾ pb [1915 edition] for $18.99
Fleming H. Revell Co. hardcover [1915] out of print/used

available as free online etext at Internet Archive and Project Gutenberg

Son of the Wilderness biography by Linnie Marsh Wolfe  "Son of The Wilderness: The Life of John Muir" [1945]
by Linnie Marsh Wolfe [1881-1945], Foreword by Steven J. Holmes

book was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for Biography in 1946
Univ Wisconsin Press 2nd edition 8¾x5½ pb [3/2003] for $24.95
Univ Wisconsin Press 8¼x5½ hardcover [11/78] out of print/used
Alfred A. Knopf 9x6 hardcover [1945] out of print/used
Wilderness and The American Mind book by Roderick Nash  "Wilderness and The American Mind" [orig 1967]
by Roderick Frazier Nash

includes chapters on "Henry David Thoreau, Philosopher", "John Muir, Publicizer",
and "Aldo Leopold, Prophet"
Yale Univ Press 4th edition 7¾x5 pb [9/2001] for $11.87

"Rediscovering America: John Muir In His Time and Ours" [3/1987] by Frederick W. Turner

"John Muir: His Life and Letters and Other Writings" [1996] edited by Terry Gifford

"John Muir: To Yosemite and Beyond" [Univ Utah Press 1999] by Robert Engberg & Donald Wesling
ISBN 978-0-87480-580-2

"John Muir: Nature's Visionary" [National Geographic 2000] by Gretel Ehrlich ISBN 0-7922-7954-9

"God's Wilds: John Muir's Vision of Nature" [Texas A&M Univ Press 2002] by Dennis Williams ISBN 1-58544-143-0

John Muir Magnificent Tramp book by Rod Miller  "John Muir: Magnificent Tramp (American Heroes Series)" [2005]
by Rod Miller

Kindle Edition from Forge/Macmillan [5/2013] for $7.99
Forge Books 8x5 pb [5/2009] for $18.99
Forge Books 7¾x5¼ deckle-edge hardcover [6/2005] for $10.95

"A Passion For Nature: The Life of John Muir" [Oxford Univ Press 2008] by Donald Worster ISBN 978-0-19-516682-8

"John Muir and The Ice That Started A Fire: How A Visionary and The Glaciers of Alaska Changed America" []
by Kim Heacox Lyons Press, $25.95 hardcover, 9780762792429

Movies & Television,  Stage  Performance,  Other  Media

"John Muir's High Sierra" [1974] http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0071699/

John Muir biography National Parks Service - narrated by Kay bess
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CDzhIvugw8 {10:06]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tpgx-LkvHGE [12:16]

John Muir: The Wild Gospel of Nature
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ygw1cmEYlHg&feature=related [8:06]

John Muir Stories

John Muir in the New World [] by Catherine Tatge = DVD


Family  &  Friends


wife & two daughters

the dog Stickeen
John Muir wrote two? books about his dog, and others have written books about master & pet
"Stickeen: The Story of A Dog" [1909]
"Stickeen: An Adventure With A Dog and A Glacier" [1915]

L i n k s
John Muir entry at Wikipedia
browse books {50+ titles} at the John Muir Store at Amazon

join the Sierra Club [est. 1892]

U.S. National Park Service [est. 1916]
National Parks Conservation Assn. [est. 1919]

pioneer eco-activist John Muir [1838-1914] Page at Spirit of America Bookstore

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