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My First Summer in the Sierra
My First Summer in the Sierra

My First Summer in the Sierra

By John Muir, Introduction by Robert Macfarlane


224 Pages, 5 x 8

Trade Paper, $13.95 (US $13.95) (CA $16.95)

Publication Date: February 2015

ISBN 9781782114437

Rights: US & CA

Canongate UK (Feb 2015)

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The classic, best-loved book by the founding father of modern conservationIn the summer of 1869, John Muir set out from California's Central Valley with a flock of sheep and trekked into the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas. His journals describe the summer he spent in what would become Yosemite National Park. Celebrating the Sierra's lizards and mountain lions, tall trees and waterfalls, fierce thunderstorms and bears, Muir introduces a spiritual dimension to our awareness of nature. John Muir is internationally acknowledged as one of the founding fathers of modern conservation and his vision, passion, and integrity continue to inspire readers today.


"An inspirational figure for modern environmentalism . . . his enthusiasm and heart-felt love of nature is immensely impressive. Thankfully the wilderness blooms again in Muir's evocative prose." —Guardian

"The richness of Muir's writing roots deeper into the terrain than any other wilderness writer known to me." —Los Angeles Times

"Muir was a geologist, an explorer, philosopher, artist, author and editor, and to each of his avocations he devoted that deep insight and conscientious devotion which made him its master." —New York Times

Author Biography

John Muir (1836-1914) is America's most famous naturalist and conservationist. He is the founder of the Sierra Club; an activist whose work helped to preserve such areas as the Grand Canyon, Mt. Rainier, Sequoia National Park, and Yosemite Valley; and the author of books and essays which have been read my millions.