The longest continuously marked footpath in the world, the Appalachian Trail spans 2,140 miles across fourteen states--from Georgia to Maine--and travels through vastly different natural and social environments. Now, in a lively and eye-opening introduction to this national treasure, The Appalachian Trail Reader collects trail diaries, historical and personal essays, and poems that reflect the meaning of this great wilderness trail across both time and geography.
Here are the works of both well-known writers and anonymous raconteurs, including Henry David Thoreau, James Dickey, Aldo Leopold, James MacGregor Burns, Richard Wilbur, and many others. The trail's founding fathers Benton MacKaye and Myron Avery speak here, too, about their visions and plans, while excerpts from Appalachian Trail hikers' journals, from the 1930s to the 1990s, provide a firsthand, intimate portrait of walking the trail. And throughout, scientists' close observation of the natural world mingle with poet's evocations of the sweetness or the rigors of the wilderness experience.
A patchwork quilt of voices, both eloquent and raw, The Appalachian Trail Reader presents a rich introduction to the trail for those planning a walking trip, and a vivid scrapbook for those who have already hiked its mountains or valleys.
"The collection contributes valuable information about the trail, the need to protect it, and helpful hints about hiking."--Library Journal
"This wonderful anthology promises to amplify past experiences and inspire future adventures."--Booklist
"This beautifully literate compendium offers armchair travelers as sense of the trail's history; romance; and blood, sweat, and tears....The selections communicate the beauty and awe experienced on the trail."--School Library Journal
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"The collection nicely represents the range of writing about the Trail....For those interested in consulting a map of the Trail's narrative terrain, or in conducting initial explorations into its human and natural history, certainly The Appalachian Trail Reader is a good starting point."--ISLE
Series: Official Guides to the Appalachian Trail
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 19th February 1998
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.4
Weight (kg): 0.56