Michael P. Branch is associate professor of literature and environment at the University of Nevada, Reno, co-founder of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment, and co-editor of "The Height of Our Mountains" (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998) and "Reading the Earth" (University of Idaho Press, 1998). John Muir (1838-1914) was one of America's most famous and influential naturalist and conservationist, and founder of the Sierra Club.
"...a rich and fitting tribute." -Publishers Weekly; "With previously unpublished journal entries and letters, this volume captures the original mountain man's final trek.... Those who thought Muir's last years were overshadowed by his failure to save Yosemite's Hetch Hetchy Valley from damming should be pleasantly surprised to find their favorite Sierran heading up the Amazon, having 'a glorious time in this fine wild America.' " -Outside"