The Life and Letters of John Muir - Vol. 1

The Life and Letters of John Muir - Vol. 1

The Life and Letters of John Muir - Vol. 1

The Life and Letters of John Muir - Vol. 1

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Twenty years after the first companies of forty-niners arrived in California, a unique type of Argonaut landed in San Francisco, crossed the Coast Range and the San Joaquin plain, and, passing through the gold-diggings, went up the Merced until he reached Yosemite Valley. Not the gold of California's placers and mines, but the plant gold and beauty of her still unwasted mountains and plains, were the lure that drew and held John Muir. Forty-six years later, in the closing days of fateful 1914, this widely traveled explorer and observer of the world we dwell in faced the greatest of all adventures, dying as bravely and cheerfully as he had lived.

Not only from his large circle of devoted personal friends, but from among the thousands who had been thrilled by his eloquent pen, arose insistent demands for a fuller presentation of the facts of his life than is available in his incomplete autobiography, "The Story of My Boyhood and Youth," and in his other published works. When the present writer, at the request of Mr. Muir's daughters, undertook to . . .

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