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A Wilderness Within : The Life of Sigurd F. Olsen - David Backes

A Wilderness Within

The Life of Sigurd F. Olsen

Paperback Published: 15th August 1999
ISBN: 9780816628438
Number Of Pages: 408

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Olson is best known for his many essays that express the wonder, awe, and peace he found in the wilderness. Olson's popular books, including The Singing Wilderness, Listening Point, and Reflections from the North Country, are beloved by generations of readers, and frequently appeared on best-seller lists across the nation. The lyricism and evocative beauty of his prose became a model for nature writers like Barry Lopez and Annie Dillard. Olson was a recipient of the John Burroughs Medal, the highest honor in nature writing.
A Wilderness Within looks beyond the environmental battles and books to reveal the inner forces that drove Sigurd Olson. Backes details Olson's painful path to becoming a writer, and the physical and emotional toll that his activism and writing took from him. For this biography, Backes conducted interviews with Olson's family and had complete access to Olson's papers, diaries, correspondence, and photographs.

Prefacep. ix
Boyhood and Youth, 1899-1916p. 1
College Years, 1916-1919p. 19
A Rolling Stone, 1920-1923p. 36
Northwoods Guide, 1923-1929p. 49
The Reluctant Ecologist, 1930-1932p. 70
A Need for Recognition, 1932-1935p. 91
Storms of Life, 1934-1938p. 110
The Hidden Life of a Dean, 1936-1940p. 133
The War Years, 1940-1946p. 158
A Professional Conservationist, 1946-1949p. 181
Widening Horizons, 1950-1954p. 208
The Singing Wilderness, 1950-1956p. 234
The Search for Balance, 1956-1960p. 259
From Contemplation to Action: Sigurd Olson's Wilderness Theology, 1959-1964p. 286
The Making of a Myth, 1960-1982p. 314
Notesp. 343
Indexp. 377
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ISBN: 9780816628438
ISBN-10: 0816628432
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 408
Published: 15th August 1999
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 14.61  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.61