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John Muir: Bibliography

Books by John Muir

Studies in the Sierra (1950 reprint of serials from 1874)

Picturesque California (1888-1890)

The Mountains of California (1894)

Our National Parks (1901)

•  Stickeen

My First Summer in the Sierra (1911)

Edward Henry Harriman (1911)

The Yosemite (1912)

The Story of My Boyhood and Youth (1913)

Letters to a Friend (1915)

Travels in Alaska (1915)

A Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf (1916)

The Cruise of the Corwin (1917)

Steep Trails (1919)

The Life and Letters of John Muir by William Frederic Badè (1924)

John of the Mountains (1938) letters edited by Linnie Marsh Wolfe.

Books About John Muir

Branch, Michael P. (ed.) John Muir’s Last Journey. Washington, DC: Island Press, 2001.

Brinkley, Douglas. The Quiet World: Saving Alaska’s Wilderness Kingdom, 1879-1960. New York: Harper, 2011.

____. The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America. New York: Harper, 2009.

Carr, Jeanne & John Muir. Kindred and Related Spirits. Salt Lake City: University of Utah   Press, 2001.

Cohen, Michael P. The Pathless Way: John Muir and American Wilderness. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1986.

Engberg, Robert and Bruce Merrell. Letters from Alaska: John Muir. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1993.

Erlich, Gretel. John Muir: Nature’s Visionary. Washington, DC: National Geographic. 2000.

Fox, Stephen. John Muir and His Legacy: the American Conservation Movement. Boston: Little Brown, 1981.

Hanna, Wanda Muir, Linne Marsh Wolfe, ed.  John of the Mountains: the Unpublished Journals of John Muir. Cambridge, Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, The Riverside Press, 1938.  (Renewed 1966 by John Muir Hanna and Ralph Eugene Wolfe.)

Gifford, Terry, ed. John Muir: His Life and Letters and Other Writings. Seattle, Washington: The Mountaineers, 1996.
_____. John Muir: The Eight Wilderness-Discovery Books. London & Seattle: Diadem Books,  1992.

Gisel, Bonnie J. Nature's Beloved Son: Rediscovering John Muir's Botanical Legacy.   Berkeley: Heyday, 2009.

Heacox, Kim.  The Making of the National Parks. Washington, DC: National Geographic, 2001.
_____. John Muir and the Ice That Started a Fire: How a Visionary and the Glaciers of Alaska Changed America. Guilford Connecticut: Lyons Press, 2014.

Highland, Christ (ed.) Meditations of John Muir: Nature’s Temple. Berkeley: Wilderness Press, 2001.

Holmes, Steven J. The Young John Muir: An Environmental Biography. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1999.

Hunt, James. B.  Restless Fires: Young John Muir’s Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf in 1867-68

Lyon, Thomas J. “John Muir, the Physiology of the Brain, and the ‘Wilderness Experience.’” The Living Wilderness, Summer 1974.

Miller, Rod. John Muir: Magnificent Tramp.  New York: Tom Doherty Associates, LLC, 2005.

Nash, Roderick. Wilderness and the American Mind (revised edition). New Haven & London: Yale University Press, 1973.

Rawls, James J. “John Muir: Celtic Saint.” California Environmental Conference, October 28, 2006.

Rowthorn, Anne (ed.) The Wisdom of John Muir: 100+ Selections from the Letters, Journals, and Essays of the Great Naturalist. Birmingham: Wilderness Press, 2012.

Stetson, Lee.  The Wild Muir: Twenty-Two of John Muir’s Greatest Adventures. Yosemite Conservancy: 2013.

Williams, Dennis C. God’s Wilds: John Muir’s Vision of Nature. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2002.

Winkley, John W. John Muir, Naturalist: A Concise Biography of the Great Naturalist. The Nashville, Tennessee: Parthenon Press, 1959.

Wolfe, Linnie Marsh. Son of the Wilderness: The Life of John Muir. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1978.

Worster, Donald.  A Passion for Nature: The Life of John Muir. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008.

Young, Samuel Hall. Alaska Days with John Muir. New York: Fleming H. Revell Co., 1915.

Articles by John Muir

“American Forests” Atlantic Monthly, No. 80, August 1897. (Muir revised this article as chapter 10 of Our National Parks) (University of Virginia)

"Edward Taylor Parsons” Sierra Club Bulletin, Vol. IX, No. 4, January, 1915

“Features of the Proposed Yosemite National Park,” by John Muir, The Century Magazine, September 1890

"The Hetch Hetchy Valley,” by John Muir, Boston Weekly Transcript, March 25, 1873. (Muir’s first essay about Hetch Hetchy - quite different from other Hetch Hetchy writings.)

“The Hetch-Hetchy Valley,” by John Muir, Sierra Club Bulletin January, 1908. (Later revised and included as Chapter 16 of Muir’s 1912 book, The Yosemite.)

Victorians and Meadowlarks: Two Muir Letters Rediscovered (John Muir Exhibit)

A Letter from John Muir to S. Hall Young, May 31, 1910 (John Muir Exhibit)

Mount Shasta and John Muir - his writings from the Mount Shasta Collection at College of the Siskiyous Library:

“Reminiscences of Joseph LeConte,” by John Muir, The University of California Magazine (September 1901)

The National Parks and Forest Reservations by John Muir (Proceedings of the Meeting of the Sierra Club Held November 23, 1895.) Published in Sierra Club Bulletin, 1896

Save the Redwoods by John Muir, Sierra Club Bulletin (Volume XI Number 1, January 1920)

“A Rival of the Yosemite; The Cañon of the South Fork of Kings River, California,” by John Muir, The Century Magazine, November 1891

“Snow-Storm on Mount Shasta" by John Muir, Harper’s New Monthly Magazine, 1877 September (with illustrations)

“The Treasures of the Yosemite,” by John Muir, The Century Magazine, August 1890

Victorians and Meadowlarks: Two Muir Letters Rediscovered

“Yosemite Glaciers” by John Muir, New York Tribune, December 5, 1871

“Yosemite in Winter” by John Muir, New York Tribune, May 7, 1872

“Yosemite in Spring” by John Muir, New York Tribune, December 5, 1872

Selected Passages by John Muir

“Man’s Place in the Universe" originally published in Muir’s A Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf (1916)

“Mountain Thoughts" written by John Muir during the 1870s, collected by Linnie Marsh Wolfe in John of the Mountains (1938)

"Damming Hetch Hetchy" excerpt from Muir’s Unpublished Journals, c. 1913 (Sierra Club California)

"The Calypso Borealis" excerpted from The Life and Letters of John Muir 

“The Earthquake” from Our National Parks (1901)

“Mount Ritter” from The Mountains of California (1894) The Water-Ouzel, Chapter 13 of The Mountains of California (1894

“Wild Wool” from Steep Trails (1918) A Wind Storm in the Forests - Chapter 10 of The Mountains of California by John Muir (1894).