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The Meaning of Wilderness (Fesler-Lampert Minnesota Heritage)

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Sigurd F. Olson (1899-1982) was one of the greatest environmentalists of the twentieth century. A conservation activist and popular writer, Olson introduced a generation of readers to the importance of wilderness. He served as president of the Wilderness Society and the National Parks Association and as a consultant to the federal government on wilderness preservation and ecological problems. He earned many honors, including the highest possible from the Sierra Club, National Wildlife Federation, and Izaak Walton League.
Olson is perhaps best known, though, for his many books that express the wonder, awe, and peace he found in the wilderness, including the nature classics The Singing Wilderness, Listening Point, and Reflections from the North Country. While these books have greatly influenced subsequent environmentalist movements and writers such as Annie Dillard and Barry Lopez, a major portion of Olson’s wilderness writing-much of it originating as speeches-has been relatively inaccessible, scattered in a number of magazines and obscure books over a period of more than fifty years, or never published at all.
The Meaning of Wilderness gathers together the most important of Sigurd Olson’s articles and speeches, making them available for the first time. The book also contains an introduction and chapter-by-chapter commentary by Olson’s authorized biographer, David Backes, that help the reader discover the various facets of Olson’s wilderness philosophy and their development over time. A lively look at the evolution of one of environmentalism’s greatest figures, The Meaning of Wilderness will be essential reading for Olson fans, historians, and outdoors people around the country.


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ISBN-13: 9780816637096
ISBN-10: 0816637091
Pagini: 224
Dimensiuni: 140 x 216 x 20 mm
Greutate: 0.27 kg
Ediția: 1
Editura: University of Minnesota Press
Colecția Univ Of Minnesota Press
Seria Fesler-Lampert Minnesota Heritage


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David Backes is the author of A Wilderness Within: The Life of Sigurd F. Olson (Minnesota, 1997), winner of the 1998 Small Press Book Award for biography. Backes is also the author of Canoe Country: An Embattled Wilderness (1991) and The Wilderness Companion (1992).
(2015)
David Backes is the author of A Wilderness Within: The Life of Sigurd F. Olson (Minnesota, 1997), winner of the 1998 Small Press Book Award for biography.

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[INSIDE FRONT FLAP: Olson/The Meaning of Wilderness]
“I have found that people go to the wilderness for many things, but the most important of these is perspective. They may think they go for the fishing or the scenery or companionship, but in reality it is something far deeper. They go to the wilderness for the good of their souls . . .”
Sigurd F. Olson was one of the most important environmentalists of the twentieth century, and his wilderness writing has been beloved by generations of readers. In The Meaning of Wilderness, many of his magazine articles and speeches, written from 1928 to 1973, are gathered together and present the evolution of his thinking and experience of wilderness.
An introduction and commentary throughout the book by Olson’s biographer, David Backes, give context to these essays and help readers understand how Olson’s wilderness philosophy developed over time. A lively look at one of our country’s most active naturalists, The Meaning of Wilderness is essential reading for Olson fans and outdoor people of all ages.
[INSIDE BACK FLAP:]
Sigurd F. Olson (1899–1982) introduced generations of Americans to the importance of wilderness through his work as a conservation activist and popular writer. He served as president of the Wilderness Society and the National Parks Association and as a consultant to the federal government on wilderness preservation and ecological problems. He earned many honors, including the highest possible from the Sierra Club, the National Wildlife Federation, and the Izaak Walton League.
David Backes is the author of A Wilderness Within: The Life of Sigurd F. Olson (Minnesota, 1997), winner of the 1998 Small Press Book Award for biography. He is also the author of Canoe Country: An Embattled Wilderness and The Wilderness Companion (1992).

[BACK COVER:]
Nature
“Why wilderness? . . .
Ask those who have known it and who have made it a part of their lives. They might not be able to explain, but your very question will kindle a light in eyes that have reflected the camp fires of a continent, eyes that have known the glory of dawns and sunsets and nights under the stars. Wilderness to them is real and this they do know; when the pressure becomes more than they can stand, somewhere back of beyond, where roads and steel and towns are still forgotten, they will find release.”
-Sigurd F. Olson, “Why Wilderness?” (1938)

Praise for A Wilderness Within: The Life of Sigurd F. Olson by David Backes:
“Thanks to years of careful research by Backes, we have a colorful portrayal of Sigurd F. Olson, backcountry woodsman and guide, wilderness advocate, negotiator, administrator, teacher, author, and environmental icon.” New York Times Book Review
“A highly readable portrait of a much-loved writer and a beautifully articulated history of the conservation movement in the United States through the middle decades of this past century.” Audubon Magazine

University of Minnesota Press
Printed in U.S.A.
Cover design by Brian Donahue
[BAR CODE ISBN 0-8166-3708-3]

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contents
Preface
Chronology of Sigurd Olson’s Life
Introduction David Backes
Reflections of a Guide (1928)
Search for the Wild (1932)
The Romance of Portages (1936)
Let’s Go Exploring (1937)
Why Wilderness? (1938)
Flying In (1945)
We Need Wilderness (1946)
The Preservation of Wilderness (1948)
The Quetico-Superior Wilderness Laboratory (1951)
Those Intangible Things (1954)
Our Need of Breathing Space (1958)
Beauty Belongs to All (1959)
The Spiritual Aspects of Wilderness (1961)
The Wilderness Concept (1962)
The Spiritual Need (1966)
Remarks to National Park Service Master Plan Team Members (mid-1960s)
What Is Wilderness? (1968)
A Longing for Wilderness (1973)
Writings by Sigurd F. Olson
Index