To Yosemite and beyond: writings from the years 1863 to 1875 by John Muir, Robert Engberg, Donald Wesling PDF

By John Muir, Robert Engberg, Donald Wesling

ISBN-10: 0874805805

ISBN-13: 9780874805802

While John Muir died in 1914, the pre-eminent American naturalist, explorer, and conservationist had now not but written the second one quantity of his autobiography, during which he deliberate to hide his Yosemite years. Editors Robert Engberg and Donald Wesling have the following supplied a remedy.Their account starts off in 1863, the yr Muir left the college of Wisconsin for what he termed the "University of the Wilderness." Following an coincidence in 1867 that almost left him blind, he vowed to show from machines and proceed to review nature. That led, in 1868, to his first stopover at to Yosemite Valley, the place he begun his glacier experiences. Muir spent a lot time exploring the Yosemite zone, Tuolumne, and either the southern and northerly Sierras, publishing articles, and protecting wide journals via 1875, while he started to write for the San Francisco Bulletin and multiplied his travels to parts through the west.Mining a wealthy vein of sources—Muir’s letters, journals, articles, and unpublished manuscripts, in addition to choices drawn from biographical items written approximately Muir through those who met him in Yosemite within the early 1870s—Engberg and Wesling have assembled what they time period a "composite autobiography," supplying short interpretive and transitional passages in the course of the e-book. This paintings is principally important since it records Muir’s early life, while he's maturing clear of "conventional cultural paradigms of labor and materialism towards new methods of pondering nature and its influence on human development."  

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But apart from getting a living, the true ownership of the wilderness belongs in the highest degree to those who love it most. The contemplation of a beautiful landscape excites the highest spiritual pleasure in us, and another and another, and thousands following find and reap crop after crop of this enriching beauty without impoverishing either the landscape, the soil, or his neighbor, and most of the real real-estate of the world is of this eternal beauty sort, too often held of no account. 5 The early settlers of the wilderness saw the land solely as a supplier of raw material to be dominated, a producer of wealth to be consumed.

Here, likewise, we can detect the roots of the ethical concerns that first appeared in the 1860s, but developed into the mature concepts of Muir's later years. John Muir lived in, and in part created, a historical moment when humanistic studies were not entirely separable from the natural sciences. Always he valued the experiential over the mediated, or the written; and yet always he was drawn to the ways of mediation. , Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1979), p. 438. 14 In Cohen's fine words ("The Pathless Way," p.

Nonetheless Muir's descriptive prose is a striking American instance of Abram's very powerful thesis on "the secularization of inherited theological ideas and ways of thinking" (p. 12). Page 15 In American society and literature, this letting-alone is a very rare form of good manners, the cosmic tact of a man who has an original relation to the universe. Keats said that which is creative must create itself; Muir had to create his character before and within his writing of the 1870s, performing every new task by the system of avoidance-in-love he had taught himself at the time of his father's earliest beatings.

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