A review of son of wilderness the life of john muir by linnie marsh wolfe

Working closely with Muir's family and with his papers, Wolfe was able to create a full portrait of her subject, not only as America's firebrand conservationist and founder of the national park system, but also as husband, father, and friend. All readers who have admired Muir's ruggedly individualistic lifestyle, and those who wish a greater appreciation for the history of environmental preservation in America, will be enthralled and enlightened by this splendid biography.

A review of son of wilderness the life of john muir by linnie marsh wolfe

The author, Linnie Marsh Wolfe, describing a conversation held with Muir's daughter in about the book, was told "Many people know of my father as a naturalist, but the world has never understood him as a man.

I wish you would write of him from that point of view, and tell of his human relationships. At the end, I closed the book with a deep sigh of affection for a man I First published inthis is the Pulitzer prize-winning biography of John Muir.

At the end, I closed the book with a deep sigh of affection for a man I never knew and wished I had. We see Muir as a young man, being molded in the furnace of family affliction by a father who, only in his elder years learned to love unconditionally.

We see the young man John as a brilliant inventor and mechanic, but soon deliberately leaving those things aside because he could see how, down the years, they would destroy the forests and mountains he loved so much, and didn't want to be a part of the destruction. We watch as he grows and absorbs the learning and wisdom afforded by the wilderness to those who will really look and feel and see.

And then we see him almost effortlessly merging with the man whom others would love unabashedly for his gentle humor and deep wisdom and understanding of the ways of the wilderness.

And then we see him, in his middle years, turn his great capacity for love to his new wife, and later to his children, loving them without reservation the way he loved the wilderness, while maintaining his commitment to conservation.

And they returned his love, completely and with deep understanding for the great passions that drove him, and became an intimate part of that great cause. Finally, we see him age, without seeming to lose his great vitality, seemingly tied inextricably to the wilderness, until near the very end.

And when that great light of his goes out, it seems to happen of a sudden, without much fanfare or distress, just the way he would have wanted. His fundamental passion for the outdoors, his conservationist efforts, and the numerous friendships he built over the years all play out in Wolfe's streaming narrative, giving us amazing insight and untold detail on the intricate, genius mind that rallied so many people to common cause.

As we traverse the rocky, wandering path of his life, Wolfe's writing resurrects Muir's consciousness, comprised of dense wilderness Fantastic depth and intimate detail on the wildly productive life of John Muir.

As we traverse the rocky, wandering path of his life, Wolfe's writing resurrects Muir's consciousness, comprised of dense wilderness, harrowing mountaineering adventures, overt political imbroglios, and always the deep sense of appreciation for mankind, life, and the great outdoors.

His dedication to his family, friends, and to the ever-faithful Stickeen shade his blazing passion for wilderness in a humble hue, and the narrative reveals a complex Muir who was often torn between multiple forces of interest, unsure on where to set his brilliant sights.

A review of son of wilderness the life of john muir by linnie marsh wolfe

Additionally, this book is captivating for its value in providing context to the creation of the National Parks, and the deep struggle between private interest groups influencing Washington, and the grass-roots conservation efforts pioneered by Muir to save large tracts of land from the detrimental aspects of logging and grazing.

The challenges he faced are still present today, and the book is a good representation of how difficult such conservation efforts were to begin with.Working closely with Muir's family and with his papers, Linnie Marsh Wolfe was able to create a full portrait of her subject, not only as America's firebrand conservationist and founder of the national park system, but also as husband, father, and schwenkreis.coms: 1.

Working closely with Muir’s family and with his papers, Wolfe was able to create a full portrait of her subject, not only as America’s firebrand conservationist and founder of the national park system, but also as husband, father, and friend.

Oct 01,  · I purchased Son of the Wilderness: The Life of John Muir while vacationing in Northern California. I found it in the gift shop at Muir Woods National Park, a place I recommend everyone visit. The book is a well-written, thoughtful biography of one of America's greatest conservationists/5.

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Linnie Marsh Wolfe (January 8, – September 15, ) was an American librarian. She won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography for her biography of John Muir titled Son of the Wilderness: The Life of John Muir (New York: A.

A. Knopf, ). Wolfe was born in Big Rapids, schwenkreis.comality: United States. Well written, Wolfe makes it interesting, especially Muir's travel exploits. She uses quotes from him and information taken from his journals.

Muir was an amazing man, a rugged individualist, a natural man of the wilderness, with a passion to save the great forests from schwenkreis.coms: 9.

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