The Wild Muir: 22 of John Muir's Greatest Adventures
Writings collected by Lee Stetson
This collection of John Muir's most exciting adventures represents some of his finest writing. Each adventure shows the extent to which Muir courted and faced danger, living wildly throughout his life. From the famous avalanche ride off the rim of Yosemite Valley, to his night spent riding out a windstorm at the top of a tree, to death-defying falls on Alaskan glaciers, the renowned outdoorsman's exploits are related in passages that are by turns exhilarating, unnerving, dizzying and outrageous. Lee Stetson has carefully chosen episodes from every stage of Muir's life, prepared short introductions to place each in context, then arranged them chronologically so the reader can vicariously enjoy one man's life of adventure. The test is nicely complemented with striking black-and-white scratchboard drawings by Fiona King, a talented illustrator. The Wild Muir is the first book to assemble the best of John Muir's thrilling experiences in the out-of-doors that he loved so much. Muir enthusiasts, lovers of nature writing, friends of wilderness, and fans of adventure and outdoor lore will find the volume unique, enthralling and timeless.
224 pages, paperback, published 1994