As the nation's most revered spokesman for the wilderness, John Muir made immeasurable contributions to the beauty and preservation of our continent. Now this exquisite book by prize-winning photographer Lynn Johnson captures the extraordinary nature of his life. The visual odyssey is enriched by reproductions of Muir's own drawings as well as the rarely seen and recently rediscovered images of Carleton Watkins. Showcasing its legendary subject's own rhapsodic writings, this definitive photobiography bears witness to Muir's enduring contributions to the American landscape.
John Muir (1838– 1914) was one of the earliest modern preservationists. His letters, essays, and books were read by millions and are still popular today. The untouched lands of the Sierra Nevada, which he christened the ''Range of Light,'' became Muir's lifelong passion. His direct activism helped to save the Yosemite Valley and other wilderness areas. As the nation's most revered spokesman for the wilderness and a founder of the Sierra Club, Muir made immeasurable contributions to the beauty and preservation of our continent. But more than that his vision of nature's value for its own sake and for its spiritual, not just practical, benefits to humankind helped to change the way we look at the natural world.
"Erhlich beautifully captures Muir's essence and clearly defines the ongoing significance of his accomplishments. Lynn Johnson's gorgeous landscape photography and a wealth of wonderful archival images provide the perfect accompaniment.Booklist