California the Beautiful

California the Beautiful

Spirit and Place

By Peter Beren (Editor); Galen Rowell (Photographer); Dan Jacobson (Foreword by)

Welcome Books, Hardcover, 9781599620749, 159pp.

Publication Date: October 20, 2009

As America stands to the rest of the world, so stands California to America - a shining promise of endless possibility. This exquisite celebration of the Golden State has been updated with a new introduction, new cover design, and an enlarged size to suit the grandeur of its subject. "California the Beautiful" is both a portrait of the state's diverse natural beauty and, through the incredible voices of its writers, a testament to the ever-renewing spirit that it has come to embody. Aldous Huxley, British author turned Hollywood resident, described the California dream as "this great crystal of light, whose base is as large as Europe and whose height for all practical purposes, is infinite." Among the other authors offering praise are Maya Angelou, Mary Austin, Ray Bradbury, Joan Didion, Gretel Ehrlich, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, M.F.K Fisher, Robertson Jeffers, Jack Kerouac, Clarence King, Jack London, Henry Miller, John Muir, William Saroyan, April Smith, John Steinbeck, Robert Louis Stevenson, Mark Twain, Nathanael West, and Walt Whitman.
Land of innovation and opportunity, California is both dream and reality. "California the Beautiful" is a gift for all who have felt the lure of this dual promise and who have marveled at the unrivaled beauty of this quintessentially American land.

About the Author
Gary Crabbe started Enlightened Images in 1993. His client and publication credits currently include among others, the National Geographic Society, The New York Times, Forbes Magazine, The North Face, Sunset, L.L. Bean, Subaru, Miramar Productions, Mirabella, Brown Trout Publishers, The Nature Conservancy, The Carnegie Museum of Natural History, and pro-bono work for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the International Committee of Lawyers for Tibet. His fine art photographic prints and murals are included in both private and corporate collections, and have been exhibited in numerous locations throughout the Bay Area. Gary currently resides in Pleasant Hill, California, just outside San Francisco.

Peter Beren is co-author of The Writers Legal Companion and editor of California the Beautiful, Vintage San Francisco, and Hidden Napa Valley. Formerly Publisher of Sierra Club Books and founding Publisher of VIA Books, he lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, Susan McConnell, a publishing professional.

Galen Rowell (1940-2002) devoted his life to wilderness exploration, photography, and writing, making more than twenty journeys to the polar regions. In 1992 he received a grant from the National Science Foundation to travel around Antarctica with scientists to research this book. Rowell is a recipient of the Ansel Adams Award for his contributions to wilderness photography, and his work has often appeared in "Life", "National Geographic", and other major publications. Among his eleven previous books are "Galen Rowell's Vision: The Art of Adventure Photography" (1993) and "Mountain Light: In Search of the Dynamic Landscape" (1986). He photographed and produced "My Tibet", with text by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, for the University of California Press in 1990.

Jacobson grew up in Kimberly, South Africa, but has lived in London for most of his adult life. He is a Professor Emeritus in English at University College, London.

Praise For California the Beautiful

"Words shimmer and resonate in this book, which combines the photographs of the late Galen Rowell - a California native - With a panoply of quotes about the Golden State from an impressive array of writers. Rowell's landscapes are so vividly rich...that they work at this scale like dazzling jewels...[a] skillful blending of text and image."
Color Magazine

"This collection of images shows off the Golden State’s most scenic vistas...the state’s diverse natural beauty is augmented with inspirational words from Maya Angelou, Joan Didion, John Muir and many more."
Outdoor Photographer

"Peter Beren edits this gorgeous collection...pairing some eighty-five images from the photographer Galen Rowell with the voices of some fifty California writers, from Maya Angelou to Ray Bradbury and Henry Miller. A lovely, keepsake editiion for any California collection."
California Bookwatch

"As a California native and former photographer and travel expert, I can truly say that the photographs in California the Beautiful are the next best things to being there."
--Rebecca Foree, author of Northern California Best Places