The 100th anniversary edition of My First Summer in the Sierra
combines breathtaking photography of the High Sierra with John Muir's classic prose.
Author: John Muir with photographs by Scot Miller
Hardcover; 188 pages; color photographs and maps
Houghton Mifflin; copyright 2011
My First Summer in the Sierra
includes a forward by Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns
Measures approximately 10.5 x 9 in.
Writing, Muir once said, is “like the life of a glacier, one eternal grind.”My First Summer in the Sierra, his best and most enduring book, extends the analogy. Just as the unforgettable granite domes of Yosemite, so impressive, impassive and seemingly impermeable, were molded and shaped by patient glaciers, each journal entry here has been sculpted and polished by the man who considered glaciers proof of “Nature as poet, an enthusiastic workingman.”
”Everything in Nature called destruction must be creation, a change from beauty to beauty,” Muir advises us in these pages, distilling what he learned during his life-changing three and a half months in the Sierra. In the mountains he called the Range of Light, such insights come more easily, he said, because “everthing is perfectly clean and pure and full of divine lessons … until the hand of God becomes visible.”