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“ In this outstanding book – the first full biography of John Burroughs to be published since 1925 – Edward J Renehan, Jr. draws on a wealth of previously unpublished manuscripts, journals, and letters to reveal the life of the dean of American nature writers. Renehan describes Burroughs’s relationships with some of the most notable figures of his time, including Jay Gould, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Thomas Carlyle, Thomas Edison, John Muir, E. H. Harriman, Andrew Carnegie, Oscar Wilde and especially Walt Whitman, Theodore Roosevelt and Henry Ford, with whom he developed complicated and enduring friendships.“

Along with  with Thoreau and John Muir, Burroughs was one of the nineteenth century’s most popular and preeminent nature writers. In the course of his long life, Burroughs authored more than twenty-eight books on natural history and literature. Writing during the increasingly industrial decades of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Burroughs stayed constant to the transcendental message of his idols – Emerson, Thoreau, and Whitman. During what Mark Twain called the “faithless” era of the Gilded Age, Burroughs urged his readers to go to the woods to develop a relationship with nature that did not “vulgarize it and rob it of its divinity.”