Essential Muir: A Selection of John Muir’s Best (and Worst) Writings

Essential Muir: A Selection of John Muir’s Best (and Worst) Writings
Paperback, 5.5 x 8.5, 192 pages.
ISBN: 9781597145503.

By John Muir , Fred D. White , Jolie Varela

Essayist. Preservationist. Mountain man. Inventor. John Muir may be California’s best-known icon. A literary naturalist and founder of the Sierra Club and Yosemite National Park, Muir left his legacy on the landscape and on paper. But the celebrity of John Muir does not tell the whole story. In Essential Muir, for the first time, Muir’s selected writings include those that show his ecological vision without ignoring his racism, providing a more complete portrait of the man. Taking the best of John Muir’s writings on nature and placing them alongside his musings on religion, society, and his fellow humans, Essential Muir asks the reader to consider how these connect, and what that means for Muir’s legacy in environmentalism today.

Fred D. White’s selections from Muir’s writings, and his illuminating commentary in his revised introduction, reveal the complex man and writer behind the iconic name. In the new foreword, Jolie Varela (Tule River Yokut and Paiute) of Indigenous Women Hike speaks back to Muir, addressing the impact of his words and actions on California Indians. This collection, which highlights John Muir’s charms and confronts his flaws, is vital for understanding the history of environmental thought.

About the Authors

John Muir

John Muir

John Muir (1838–1914) was a naturalist, author, and advocate for wilderness preservation. A prolific writer, his many books, essays, and letters abound with wit, humor, and an exuberant love of the natural world.

Fred D. White

Fred D. White

Fred White is an associate professor of composition and he directed the writing program at Santa Clara University from 2003 to 2005. His books include The Well-Crafted Argument (with Simone Billings), Lifewriting, Communicating Technology, Science and the Human Spirit, and The Writer’s Art.

Jolie Varela

Jolie Varela

Jolie Varela is the founder of Indigenous Women Hike, a collective of Indigenous women focused on reconnected with their homelands. She is of the Tule River Yokuts and Nüümü (Paiute) Nations, and she was raised on the Bishop Paiute Reservation

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