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Nature's Beloved Son: Rediscovering John Muir's Botanical Legacy

Nature's Beloved Son: Rediscovering John Muir's Botanical Legacy
Bonnie J. Gisel
Heyday Books
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cloth, 248 pp., $45.00

Remembered for the most part as a pioneer environmentalist and founding member of the Sierra Club, John Muir (1838–1914) was a dedicated botanist whose collections of botanical specimens are the subject of this book. Born in Dunbar, Scotland, Muir immigrated with his family as a boy to Wisconsin, where he began to study the natural objects around him with a religious zeal. In tracing this adventurer's life story, historian Bonnie Gisel describes in detail the dedication of the hirsute wanderer Muir, his travels across America and elsewhere, and his "deep love for and kinship with plants." Photographer Stephen Joseph's brilliantly enhanced digital images of plants capture, in sepia tones, the bounty of nature that Muir harvested. Heavily referenced, the text describes Muir's relationships with other prominent individuals in the fields of plant and forestry conservation as well as his discoveries of individual specimens.

— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden