The Yosemite

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The Yosemite

By John Muir; Gretel Ehrlich (Introduction by)

Modern Library, Paperback, 9780812967012, 320pp.

Publication Date: January 14, 2003


In the spring of 1869, John Muir was looking for means of support to fund his explorations of California’s Central Valley region. A ranch owner offered him a job herding sheep in the Sierra Nevada. As he explored the region, he jotted down his keen observations of the scenic countryside, and he eventually became a guide for some of Yosemite’s most famous visitors, including Ralph Waldo Emerson. Muir documented these experiences in The Yosemite, first published in 1912. It is at once a vivid, accurate description of the land and a passionate homage to nature.

This Modern Library Paperback Classic is a facsimile of the 1912 edition and includes the original illustrations.

About the Author
Gretel Ehrlich, a native Californian, is the author of the award-winning "The Solace of Open Spaces," as well as "John Muir: Nature s Visionary" and "This Cold Heaven: Seven Seasons in Greenland," among other books and essays. She lives in Wyoming and California."

Praise For The Yosemite

“Not only is [Muir] the author to whom all men turn when they think of the Sierras and Northern glaciers . . . but he was also . . . a man able to influence contemporary thought and action on the subjects to which he had devoted his life.” —Theodore Roosevelt