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John Muir's Last Journey : South To The Amazon And East To Africa: Unpublished Journals And Selected Correspondence - Michael P. Branch

John Muir's Last Journey

South To The Amazon And East To Africa: Unpublished Journals And Selected Correspondence

Hardcover Published: 1st May 2001
ISBN: 9781559636407
Number Of Pages: 400

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"àa rich and fitting tribute." -PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
"With previously unpublished journal entries and letters, this volume captures the original mountain man's final trek." -OUTSIDE
"I am now writing up some notes, but when they will be ready for publication I do not know... It will be a long time before anything is arranged in book form." These words of John Muir, written in June 1912 to a friend, proved prophetic. The journals and notes to which the great naturalist and environmental figure was referring have languished, unpublished and virtually untouched, for nearly a century. Until now. Here edited and published for the first time, John Muir's travel journals from 1911-12, along with his associated correspondence, finally allow us to read in his own words the remarkable story of John Muir's last great journey.
Leaving from Brooklyn, New York, in August 1911, John Muir, at the age of seventy-three and traveling alone, embarked on an eight-month, 40,000-mile voyage to South America and Africa. The 1911-12 journals and correspondence reproduced in this volume allow us to travel with him up the great Amazon, into the jungles of southern Brazil, to snowline in the Andes, through southern and central Africa to the headwaters of the Nile, and across six oceans and seas in order to reach the rare forests he had so long wished to study. Although this epic journey has received almost no attention from the many commentators on Muir's work, Muir himself considered it among the most important of his life and the fulfillment of a decades-long dream.
John Muir's Last Journey provides a rare glimpse of a Muir whose interests as a naturalist, traveler, and conservationist extended well beyond the mountains of California. It also helps us to see John Muir as a different kind of hero, one whose endurance and intellectual curiosity carried him into far fields of adventure even as he aged, and as a private person and family man with genuine affections, ambitions, and fears, not just an iconic representative of American wilderness.
With an introduction that sets Muir's trip in the context of his life and work, along with chapter introductions and a wealth of explanatory notes, the book adds important dimensions to our appreciation of one of America's greatest environmentalists. John Muir's Last Journey will be must reading for students and scholars of environmental history, American literature, natural history, and related fields, as well as for naturalists and armchair travelers everywhere.

Industry Reviews

oLong in coming and worth waiting foro --Los Angeles Times oBranch, the first Muir scholar to recognize the significance of MuirAEs last journey...has resurrected MuirAEs notes and journals from that expedition, incredibly vivid an dpoetic documents that have AElanguishedAE unread for 90 years.o --Booklist oThose who thought MuirAEs last years were overshadowed by his failure to save YosemiteAEs Hetch Hetchy Valley from damming should be pleasantly surprised to find their favorite Sierran heading up the Amazon, having AEa glorious time in this fine wild America.AEo --Outside

List of Maps and Illustrationsp. ix
Forewordp. xv
Prefacep. xix
Introductionp. xxiii
Preparing for the Last Journey: California, New York, and Boston (26 January 1911 - 12 August 1911)p. 3
Southbound and up the Great Amazon (12 August 1911 - 25 September 1911)p. 35
Coastal Brazil and up the Iguacu River into the Araucaria braziliensis Forests (26 September 1911 - 8 November 1911)p. 69
Southern Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, and into the Araucaria imbricata Forests of the Andes (9 November 1911 - 10 December 1911)p. 102
At Sea, South Africa, the Zambezi River, and to the Baobab Trees (11 December 1911 - 6 February 1912)p. 127
East Africa, Lake Victoria, the Headwaters of the Nile, and Homeward Bound (7 February 1912 - 27 March 1912)p. 161
Home to America, California, and Writing: The Fate of John Muir and His South America and Africa Journals (28 March 1912 - 29 December 1912)p. 184
Timeline/Locatorp. 225
Editorial Methodsp. 239
John Muir's Reading and Botanical Notesp. 251
South America and Africa Books Owned by Muirp. 267
Annotated List of Selected Archival Materialsp. 269
Table of Emendationsp. 287
Notes to Editor's Introductionsp. 293
Textual Notesp. 299
Bibliographyp. 313
Acknowledgmentsp. 317
Creditsp. 321
Indexp. 323
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ISBN: 9781559636407
ISBN-10: 1559636408
Series: Pioneers of Conservation
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 1st May 2001
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.3  x 3.2
Weight (kg): 0.68
Edition Type: Annotated