The Story of My Boyhood and Youth

By John Muir

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Born in mid nineteenth-century Scotland, the author was eleven when his fanatically religious father took the family to build a new life in America's vast wilderness. A memoir of an unusual childhood, here, he recalls his younger days in East Lothian.

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In this moving memoir of an unusual childhood, John Muir recalls his younger days in East Lothian with a startling clarity, depicting a wild boy whose quiet individuality and determination were already emerging. Born in mid nineteenth-century Scotland, Muir was eleven when his fanatically religious father took the family to build a new life in America's vast wilderness. Muir charts their pioneering years in Wisconsin, where his battles for survival powerfully anticipate the extraordinary career which was to follow. They reveal a free spirit who perceived bonds between man and nature that were subtle and far reaching for both.

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Format Multiple Formats
Imprint Birlinn Limited
Publication Date 17 Jun 2013
SKU 9781780271279-grouped
Number of Pages 168

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'A superbly told, moving and challenging story. For anybody remotely interested in the environment, Scottish culture, American history, the art of biography or the art of life, this book is essential' - Scotland on Sunday

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