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Wilderness Essays

Author : John Muir
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Part of John Muir's appeal to modern readers is that he not only explored the American West and wrote about its beauties but also fought for their preservation. His successes dot the landscape and are evident in all the natural features that bear his name: forests, lakes, trails, and glaciers. Here collected are some of Muir's finest wilderness essays, ranging in subject matter from Alaska to Yellowstone, from Oregon to the High Sierra. This book is part of a series that celebrates the tradition of literary naturalists—writers who embrace the natural world as the setting for some of our most euphoric and serious experiences. These books map the intimate connections between the human and the natural world. Literary naturalists transcend political boundaries, social concerns, and historical milieus; they speak for what Henry Beston called the “other nations” of the planet. Their message acquires more weight and urgency as wild places become increasingly scarce.

The Complete Works of John Muir Illustrated Edition

Author : John Muir
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This meticulously edited book brings you the complete works of an influential Scottish-American naturalist, author, environmental philosopher, glaciologist and advocate for the preservation of wilderness in the United States of America, known as "John of the Mountains" and "Father of the National Parks". This exceptional collection is comprised of Muir's travel memoirs, wilderness essays, environmental studies and personal letters. Contents: Books Picturesque California The Mountains of California Our National Parks My First Summer in the Sierra The Yosemite Travels in Alaska Stickeen: The Story of a Dog The Cruise of the Corwin A Thousand-mile Walk to the Gulf Steep Trails Studies in Sierra Articles and Speeches The National Parks and Forest Reservations Save the Redwoods Snow-storm on Mount Shasta Features of the Proposed Yosemite National Park A Rival of the Yosemite The Treasures of the Yosemite Yosemite Glaciers Yosemite in Winter Yosemite in Spring Edward Henry Harriman Edward Taylor Parsons The Hetch Hetchy Valley The Grand Cañon of the Colorado Autobiography The Story of My Boyhood and Youth Letters to a Friend Tribute Alaska Days With John Muir by Samuel Hall Young

An Artificial Wilderness

Author : Sven Birkerts
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Discusses Max Frisch, Heinrich Boll, Osip Mandelstam, Joseph Brodsky, Blaise Cendrars, Primo Levi, Umberto Eco, Malcolm Lowry, Jorge Luis Borges, Julio Cortazar, and Cyril Connolly

Using Wilderness

Author : Bernadine Dodge
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The World of Wilderness

Author : Wilderness Society (U.S.)
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A collection of essays published in Wilderness magazine illuminate the role of wilderness in American life.

The Wilderness Condition

Author : Max Oelschlaeger
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Essays explore the increasingly tense relationship between nature and man, offering insight into why this relationship has become adversarial and suggesting ways to remedy the situation

Henry James Against the Aesthetic Movement

Author : David Garrett Izzo
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Writer Henry James (1843-1916) was born in America but preferred to live in Europe; he finally become a British subject near the end of his life. His status as a permanent outsider is responsible for the recurring themes in his writing dealing with European sophistication (decadence) compared to American lack of sophistication (or innocence). He is respected in modern times for his psychological insight, for being able to reveal his characters' deepest motivations. These 11 essays, along with an introduction and an afterword, examine James's work through the prism of the author's latest style. Topics the contributing authors address include the Henry James revival of the 1930s, three of James's male aesthetics, women in his works, literary forgery, and parallels with the career and views of Margaret Oliphant. Three essays delve into issues of representation in art and fiction, then three more explore decadence, identity and homosexuality.

The Character of Meriwether Lewis

Author : Clay Jenkinson
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This bold new study of the character of Meriwether Lewis attempts to make sense of one of the most fascinating and perplexing heroes of American history. Clay Jenkinson's Lewis is not a cheerful explorer in buckskins, but a complex, tightly-wound, ambitious and self-conscious man who led one of the great adventures in American history, but had severe re-entry problems and never wrote the book that would have served as the capstone of his explorations. Jenkinson's Lewis was happiest in Montana, alone on the shore with his notebook, his rifle, and his Newfoundland dog, exploring the pristine upper stretches of the Missouri River beyond the last outpost of Euro American civilization. Lewis was most alive between the expedition's departure, April 7, 1805, from Fort Mandan in today's North Dakota and his arrival, on August 12, 1805, at the source of the Missouri River in southwestern Montana. The Character of Meriwether Lewis examines Lewis's key relationships: with his friend and co-captain William Clark; with his patron Thomas Jefferson; with his self-expectations and his self-identification as America's Captain Cook; and with the English language. The Character of Meriwether Lewis is one of the first studies to attempt a completely fresh reading of the journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition now that they have been comprehensively edited and published by the University of Nebraska Press. Jenkinson, who is a close reader of texts, attempts to reclaim Lewis from the layers of mythology that have nearly engulfed the actual achievement of Lewis and Clark. Jenkinson provides a rigorously fair and objective analysis of the last days of Lewis's life, and tries to make sense of Lewis's violent death, at the age of 35, almost certainly from suicide. One chapter of the book explores what happened on the night of October 10-11, 1809 on the Natchez Trace in today's Tennessee. Another attempts to understand why Lewis's life spiraled towards collapse in the three years following his return. The Character of Meriwether Lewis is a playful, imaginative, probing humanities study of one of the best-known and least-resolved stories in American history. It is not intended to settle the questions surrounding the remarkable and fragmented Lewis, but to invite a rigorous and spirited new conversation about who Lewis was, what he achieved, and why he could not, in the end, find satisfaction.

New Wilderness Voices

Author : Christine Woodside
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Guy and Laura Waterman spent a lifetime reflecting on and writing about the mountains of the Northeast. The Waterman Fund seeks to further their legacy of stewardship through an annual essay contest that celebrates and explores issues of wilderness, wildness, and humanity. Since 2008, the Waterman Fund has partnered with the journal Appalachia in seeking out new and emerging voices on these subjects, and in publishing the winning essay in the journal. Part of the contest's mission is to find and support such emerging writers, and a number of them have gone on to publish other work in Appalachia or their own books. The contest has succeeded admirably in fulfilling its mission: new writers have brought fresh perspectives to these timeless issues of wilderness and wildness. In New Wilderness Voices these winning essays are collected for the first time, along with the best runners-up. Together, they make up an important and celebratory addition to the growing body of environmental literature, and shed new light on our wild spaces.

The Complete Works

Author : John Muir
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This exceptional collection is comprised ofJohn Muir's travel memoirs, wilderness essays, environmental studies and personal letters. Contents: Books Picturesque California The Mountains of California Our National Parks My First Summer in the Sierra The Yosemite Travels in Alaska Stickeen: The Story of a Dog The Cruise of the Corwin A Thousand-mile Walk to the Gulf Steep Trails Studies in Sierra Articles and Speeches The National Parks and Forest Reservations Save the Redwoods Snow-storm on Mount Shasta Features of the Proposed Yosemite National Park A Rival of the Yosemite The Treasures of the Yosemite Yosemite Glaciers Yosemite in Winter Yosemite in Spring Edward Henry Harriman Edward Taylor Parsons The Hetch Hetchy Valley The Grand Cañon of the Colorado Autobiography The Story of My Boyhood and Youth Letters to a Friend Tribute Alaska Days With John Muir by Samuel Hall Young

High and Wild

Author : Galen A. Rowell
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Galen Rowell has visited some of the most beautiful and least trampled parts of Alaska, made some breathtaking new ascents, including a reckless speed climb of Mount McKinley . . . High & Wild is a book to be read again and again and to feast on in times of despair. Charles S. Houston, M.D., Leader 1938, 1953 American K2 Expeditions Galen Rowell is the best among those who now chronicle mountaineering expeditions. By perceptively viewing the mountains not only in the historical context of those who sought them, but also in their ecological setting, the landscapes, peoples, wild animals, he imbues the remote summits with lasting life. George Schaller author of The Stones of Silence . . . Hetch Hetchy . . . Half Dome . . . Alaska . . .The Cirque of the Unclimbables . . . in all these places he took stunning pictures, pictures of the inaccessible and the fabulously picturesque. Accompanying these gorgeous shots, composed with a heroic eye on precipices and polar air, are his compelling narratives of the climbs that made them possible. New York Times He is a superb photographer . . . [High and Wild] admits us to an extraordinary world of great expanse and significance as few books do. San Francisco Chronicle The impeccable photojournalism of Galen Rowell makes wilderness exploration seem even more majestic. Publishers Weekly Few photographers capture the spirit and substance of high and wild places the way Galen Rowell does. He earned fame first as a climber, and now . . . hes possibly the worlds best-known photojournalist. Outside Magazine

Wilderness Forever

Author : Mark W. T. Harvey
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Vasyl Romanyuk a Voice in the Wilderness

Author : Volodymyr (Patriarch of Kiev and All Ukraine)
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A Wilderness of Dragons

Author : John D. Rateliff
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Place Ecology and the Sacred

Author : Michael S. Northcott
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People are born in one place. Traditionally humans move around more than other animals, but in modernity the global mobility of persons and the factors of production increasingly disrupts the sense of place that is an intrinsic part of the human experience of being on earth. Industrial development and fossil fuelled mobility negatively impact the sense of place and help to foster a culture of placelessness where buildings, fields and houses increasingly display a monotonous aesthetic. At the same time ecological habitats, and diverse communities of species are degraded. Romantic resistance to the industrial evisceration of place and ecological diversity involved the setting aside of scenic or sublime landscapes as wilderness areas or parks. However the implication of this project is that human dwelling and ecological sustainability are intrinsically at odds. In this collection of essays Michael Northcott argues that the sense of the sacred which emanates from local communities of faith sustained a 'parochial ecology' which, over the centuries, shaped communities that were more socially just and ecologically sustainable than the kinds of exchange relationships and settlement patterns fostered by a global and place-blind economy. Hence Christian communities in medieval Europe fostered the distributed use and intergenerational care of common resources, such as alpine meadows, forests or river catchments. But contemporary political economists neglect the role of boundaried places, and spatial limits, in the welfare of human and ecological communities. Northcott argues that place-based forms of community, dwelling and exchange – such as a local food economy – more closely resemble evolved commons governance arrangements, and facilitate the revival of a sense of neighbourhood, and of reconnection between persons and the ecological places in which they dwell.

The Green Halo

Author : Erazim Kohak
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The Green Halo is a highly readable introduction to the vast field of contemporary ecological thought. It is a basic education in environmental philosophy and a welcome propadeutic for understanding the most crucial problem facing humankind in the coming century: How can humans live on this earth so that they do not destroy the preconditions for their own existence?

Managing Wilderness Regions

Author : Ian Flintoff
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This resource file offers extension and support tasks for Edexcel B geography. Extended research ideas help with fieldwork and investigation, and sample questions and mark schemes provide practice for exams. There are planning tools for teachers and additional case study materials and map outlines.


Author : Frances Margaret Young
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This celebratory volume in honour of Frances Young draws on and develops the multifarious hermeneutical interests evident in the body of her work. Its overall thematic motif, to highlight concerns which impacted on her work, is the symbolic use of 'wilderness.' This multi-disciplinary volume begins with an in-depth analysis of her work by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams. The first part of the volume has biblical and early Christian literature as the focus, and deals with, among other topics, Jesus' encounter with people of impairment, biblical figures such as Miriam, gospel portrayals of mountains, experience of wilderness in the lives of Maori and Jewish people, the temptation of Jesus as interpreted at different times, and the redefinition of asceticism in Syrian Christianity. The second part of the volume addresses theological concerns, with essays which advocate wisdom as a potential mode for doing theology, engage with the radical Christian writings of 17th and 18th centuries, revisit the problem of sin, highlight the latent Christological motifs in the novels of Tolkien, and draw attention to the significance of the Quranic Jesus.

The Vocation of Theology Today

Author : Tom Greggs
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What is the task of theology in a complex religious and secular world? What are theologians called to contribute to society, the churches, and the academy? Can theology be both fully faithful to Christian tradition and Scripture, and fully open to the challenges of the twenty-first century? In this book, an international team of contributors, including some of the best-known names in the field, respond to these questions in programmatic essays that set the direction for future debates about the vocation of theology. David Ford, in whose honor the collection is produced, has been for many years a key figure in articulating and shaping the role of contemporary theology. The contributors are his colleagues, collaborators, and former students, and their essays engage in dialogue with his work. The main unifying feature of this exciting collection is not Ford's work per se, however, but a shared engagement with the pressing question of theology's vocation today.

One Body in Christ

Author : Owen F. Cummings
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Many feel that work for Christian unity or ecumenism is not especially urgent or important in the complexities of our contemporary world. So many different issues demand the attention of committed Christians--for example, responding to global crises in which people are suffering, developing strong moral stands on a variety of moral problems and challenges, etc. Such issues must remain of major importance to Christians. However, Christians form the one Body of Christ. If that Body continues to remain divided and fragmented, lacking in unity, concord, and harmony, then Christian witness will be singularly diminished. This book attempts to demonstrate the importance of Christian unity/ecumenism by looking at important contributions of individual theologians and important texts/events, mainly of the twentieth century. The use of this book may help theologians and pastors urge forward the practice of ecumenism so that in God's time divided Christians may all be one.