John Burroughs : The Sage of Slabsides by Ginger Wadsworth
The twentieth-century American writer and naturalist John Burroughs's
remarkable contributions to society as poet, teacher, and ecological
conservationist are chronicled in this thoughtfully crafted biography.
"Wadsworth pays tribute to an icon of the environmental
conservation movement. . . Burroughs' work remains a landmark of
environmental awareness and much of it is still being reprinted."
-- Kirkus Reviews, pointer
Packed with historical anecdotes and engaging details, this profusely
illustrated biography offers an intimate look at the life and work of
American poet and environmental pioneer John Burroughs.
An accessible, respectable, and respectful treatment of the
naturalist, writer, and conservationist is aimed at young nature buffs,
for whom little else about this significant individual is readily
available. Although more informative than scintillating, the book has
been thoughtfully designed with attractive endpapers, ample margins, and
clear type. A few of the photos-all of which are in black and white-are
a bit muddy but nonetheless give a sense of the times and the subject.
Beginning with Burroughs's boyhood in northern New York state, the
biography sets the stage for his career by emphasizing that he, alone of
all his siblings, was interested in the out-of-doors as well as
education. He eventually became one of the most prominent nature
essayists of his time and numbered among his friends Walt Whitman,
Theodore Roosevelt, John Muir, and Henry Ford. The final chapter,
"John Burroughs's Legacy," offers a succinct overview of his
place in the development of the conservation movement. A copious
gathering of acknowledgments documenting the author's research, a
bibliography of Burroughs's books, suggestions for further reading, a
list of photo credits, and an index are appended. -- Horn Book
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Burroughs earned his place in The Ecology Hall of Fame by a million
and a half books, all extolling nature and encouraging people to
experience the natural world. He was so popular and respected that 11
American schools are named for him. In his old age, some of the most
important people in America came to visit at his cabin near the Hudson
River, "Slabsides." Theodore Roosevelt, John Muir, Henry Ford,
and Thomas Edison were all fans of Burroughs. But far more important
than his fans among the famous were the millions he attracted to nature
by his writings.
From Spring Jottings:
But before I give these extracts, let me say a word or two in favor
of the habit of keeping a journal of one's thoughts and days. To a
countryman, especially of a meditative turn, who likes to preserve the
flavor of the passing moment, or to a person of leisure anywhere, who
wants to make the most of life, a journal will be found a great help. It
is a sort of deposit account wherein one saves ups bits and fragments of
his life that would otherwise be lost to him.