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Wilderness Within: The Life of Sigurd F. Olson

Backes, David

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ISBN 10: 0816628424 / ISBN 13: 9780816628421
Published by Univ Of Minnesota Press
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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0816628424 Univ of Minnesota hardcover w/dust jacket, 1997, 1st edition, clean/tight, SIGNED by David Backes on half-title page (no inscription) otherwise unmarked and defect free.Fine/Fine (like new).New mylar cover, bubble-wrapped and mailed in a Box w/delivery confirmation. Bookseller Inventory # 51678

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Title: Wilderness Within: The Life of Sigurd F. ...

Publisher: Univ Of Minnesota Press

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

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Olson is best known for his many essays that express the wonder, awe, and peace he found in the wilderness. Olson's popular books, including The Singing Wilderness, Listening Point, and Reflections from the North Country, are beloved by generations of readers, and frequently appeared on best-seller lists across the nation. The lyricism and evocative beauty of his prose became a model for nature writers like Barry Lopez and Annie Dillard. Olson was a recipient of the John Burroughs Medal, the highest honor in nature writing.
A Wilderness Within looks beyond the environmental battles and books to reveal the inner forces that drove Sigurd Olson. Backes details Olson's painful path to becoming a writer, and the physical and emotional toll that his activism and writing took from him. For this biography, Backes conducted interviews with Olson's family and had complete access to Olson's papers, diaries, correspondence, and photographs.

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This well-balanced assessment of Sigurd Olson (1899-1982) pays as much attention to his spiritual quest as to his activism in defense of America's natural resources with such groups as The Wilderness Society and the National Parks Association. Olson found a sense of completeness while hiking, canoeing, and hunting in the northern Midwest. He conveys these feelings in influential books such as The Singing Wilderness, which inspired a generation of younger nature writers. David Backes, who knew Olson in his later years, captures his personality and evaluates his achievements in lucid prose.

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