An American Naturalist
Edward J. Renehan, Jr.
The first full biography of the dean of American nature writers
to be published since 1925.
"[Renehan reveals] a far more complex and
interesting man than other biographers have described. ... In this thoughtful
biography we are shown the once sainted 'Sage of Slabsides' as a flesh-and-blood
traveler in a now-vanished world." -- The Sunday New York Times
John Burroughs (1837-1921) emerged from an obscure boyhood in the Catskill
Mountains to write more than thirty books, create the genre of the nature
essay, and become the preeminent nature writer of his day. In this critically-acclaimed
biography, Edward J. Renehan, Jr. draws on a wealth of previously unpublished
manuscripts, journals and letters to portray the man Henry James called
"a more humorous, more available and more sociable Thoreau."
In the process, Renehan reveals Burroughs's complex and enduring relationships
with such notables as Jay Gould, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Thomas Edison, John
Muir, Walt Whitman, Theodore Roosevelt and Henry Ford.
"Renehan's biography does precisely what
it sets out to do: it provides the thorough, responsible, readable biography
which has so long been wanting in Burroughs scholarship." -- American
"Burroughs ... could not have asked for a more inclusive or
caring portrait."--Kirkus Reviews
384pp, 6x9, photos, index
Paper, $19.95 ISBN: 1-883789-16-8
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