1871. Volume One of Twenty Three, Riverby Edition. John Burroughs emerged from an obscure boyhood in the Catskill Mountains to write more than thirty books, create the genre of the nature essay, and become the preeminent nature writer of his day. Through his essays in books and popular magazines, John Burroughs taught countless Americans to appreciate nature. His first book, Wake-Robin, is mainly a book about about the Birds, or more properly an invitation to the study of Ornithology, and the purpose of the author will be carried out in proportion as it awakens and stimulates the interest of the reader in this branch of Natural History. Contents: The Return of the Birds; In the Hemlocks; The Adirondacks; Birds'-Nests; Spring at the Capital; Birch Browsings; The Bluebird; and The Invitation. See other titles by this author available from Kessinger Publishing.