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John Muir in Historical Perspective

Edited by Sally M. Miller

Book Cover of John Muir In Historical Perspective Edited by Sally M. Miller ( from the book's dust jacket )

John Muir in Historical Perspective,
Edited by Sally M. Miller
(New York: Peter Lang Publishing, Inc., 1999)

John Muir in Historical Perspective revises and expands popular understanding of Muir's significance. It unearths new material on Muir's famous first summer in Yosemite and his influence on other environmentalists in California and beyond. It offers new insights into his relationship with his family and friends, as well as analyzes Muir's importance in terms of literary and religious themes. This is a valuable addition to the growing literature on John Muir.

The John Muir Center for Regional Studies of the University of the Pacific and its staff sponsor an annual conference on various themes related to the West. The conference is now in its sixth decade, and in recent years it has an inaugurated an occasional series of volumes based on edited versions of the most outstanding papers presented at the conference. This volume represents the best of the papers read at the 1996 conference on the life and work of John Muir.

Table of Contents


In Search of John Muir by Frank E. Buske

PART I: Friends and Others

Chapter 1: A Paradise in the Alhambra Valley: John Muir and the Strentzels by Mark A. Foley

Chapter 2: Spiritual Intimacy: John Muir and Jeanne C. Carr by Bonnie Johanna Gisel

Chapter 3: The Neo-Californians: John Muir and John Swett and Their Inner World by Nicholas C. Polos

Chapter 4: C.D. Robinson and John Muir in the Kings River Canyon by Normal L. Wilson and Lucinda M. Woodward

Part II: Literary Themes

Chapter 5: Telling Nature's Story: John Muir and the Decentering of the Romantic Self by Michael P. Branch

Chapter 6: Spiritual Egalitarianism: John Muir's Religious Environmentalism by Adam M. Sowards

Chapter 7: Muir's Ruskin: John Muir's Reservations about Ruskin Reviewed by Terry Gifford

Part III: The Environment

Chapter 8: Rethinking Muir's First Summer in Yosemite by Steven J. Holmes

Chapter 9: Josiah Dwight Whitney,John Muir and Clarence King, and the "Chasm of the Yosemite" by Keith Burich

Chapter 10: John Muir and the Pioneer Conservationists of the Pacific Northwest by Ron Eber (off-site link to (full-text)

Chapter 11: The Botanist's Last Journey: John Muir in South America and Southern Africa, 1911-1912 by C. Michael Hall and Stephen R. Mark

Epilogue: Searching for John Muir Today

Shepherd of the Plains: John Muir at Twenty Hill Hollow by Robert E. Bauer



SALLY M. MILLER is Professor of History and editor of publications at the JOhn Muir Center for REgional Studies at the University of the Pacific. She received her Ph.D from the University of Toronto and has held a visiting professorship at the University of Warwick, England, and Fulbrights in New Zealand and Finland. She has written and edited many books and articles on social and cultural history, including John Muir, Life and Work. She is a former editor of The Pacific Historian.

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