Restless Fires: John Muir's Thousand Mile Walk to the Gulf

Restless Fires: John Muir's Thousand Mile Walk to the Gulf

by James B. Hunt


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Restless Fires provides a detailed rendering of John Muir's thousand-mile walk to the Gulf based on both manuscript and published accounts. Hunt particularly examines the development of Muir's environmental thought as a young adult. Muir experienced delight in seeing nature anew, after recovering from partial blindness.

He witnessed both the Civil War's and Reconstruction's impacts on communities, Individuals, and the environment. This is one of the first books on John Muir's thousand-mile walk that places his journey in the context of the Civil War and Reconstruction.

Through these experiences and reflections. Muri came to radical views regarding humankind's relationship to nature, death, and faith. Muir suffered hunger, felt panges of loneliness, slept five days in a cemetery, slogged through swamps, and nearly died of malaria. The legacy of this walk is found in Muir's perceptive insights generated in part by his background and reading, and by his experience with the Southern environment and its people and plants during the walk.

His journal gives evidence of a young man resolving what he wants to do with his life. Muir comes to prolound insights as to how human beings fit into nature.

In Muir's view, nature provides humans a moral touchstone when they recognize their small part in the "divine harmony." Muir wrote that when he simply went out for a walk in nature, he was really "going in." This book explores what Muir meant.

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ISBN-13: 9780881463927
Publisher: Mercer University Press
Publication date: 11/30/2012
Pages: 235
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction 1

1 The Formation of John Muir 7

2 "Restless Fires": From Mechanic to Walking Botanist 30

3 Setting Out 54

4 Challenges in Tennessee 72

5 Georgia and "the Natural Beauty of Death" 90

6 Florida: A "Strange" Land and Sharpened Thought 117

7 Cedar Key: Malaria, Delay, and Detour 138

8 Convalescence, Cuba, and Onward to Yosemite 155

Conclusion 171

Selected Bibliography 183

Notes 193

Index 221

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