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Mirror of America: Literary Encounters with the National Parks Edited by David Harmon The National Park Foundation Roberts Rinehart, Inc. Publishers, Boulder 1989 Contents Foreword Preface Prologue JOHN MUIR: A Meeting in the Valley
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Settings for History: Encounters with the Past RALPH WALDO EMERSON: The Shot Heard Round the World HENRY JAMES: Reflected Distinction OWEN WISTER: Old Yellowstone Days ABRAHAM LINCOLN: The Gettysburg Address Scenes of Wonder: Encounters with the Present MARY ROBERTS RINEHART: Ride the Rockies and Save Your Soul RUDYARD KIPLING: On Tour Through the Yellowstone JOHN BURROUGHS: Divine Abyss HARRIET MONROE: Two Yosemite Poems CARL SANDBURG: Scrapers of the Deep Winds THOMAS WOLFE: Gulping the Great West Premonitions and Admonitions: Encounters with Things to Come GEORGE CATLIN: A Nation's Park FREDERICK LAW OLMSTED: Preservation for All JAMES BRYCE: Should Cars be Allowed in Yosemite? CHARLES DICKENS: The Factories of Lowell BAYARD TAYLOR: A Second World MARK TWAIN: The Hawaii Volcanoes WALLACE STEGNER: The Marks of Human Passage Epilogue BERNARD DE VOTO: Footloose in Democracy Glosses Sources: Text and Illustrations Foreword by John L. Bryant, Jr. President, National Park Foundation WHEN I was first approached about the possibility of the National Park Foundation
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doing an anthology on the parks, I wasn't quite sure what to expect. After all, the very idea sounded faintly academic. The anthologies I remember from college hefted like lead bars and had equally weighty titles, things like Every Important Poem Ever Written or Perspectives on the Meaning of Civilization . I wondered if any reasonably short, reasonably un-hefty collection of writings could reflect the experiences of the wide assortment of people who fall under the label “national park visitor.” So I got together with the publisher, Frederick R. Rinehart, and the editor, David Harmon, and kicked the idea around awhile. We knew there was a wealth of writing about specific parks, or the parks in general. But why be limited to that? What about all those writers who described places which eventually became part of the National Park System, but only much later? What about Charles Dickens on the Industrial Revolution in Lowell, or Abraham Lincoln on the battle at Gettysburg, or Mark Twain on the beauty of Hawaii's volcanoes? We ended up deciding that these insights were too good to pass up, even though it stretches the truth of the book's subtitle to call them “encounters with national parks.” I think it's valuable to include famous writers not normally associated with the parks because it gives the book variety, and variety, in turn, is the hallmark of the whole National Park System. Moreover, it fits right in with the goals of the National Park Foundation, because fostering the diversity of the national parks is what our organization is all about.
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Car driving through tree from Marvels of the New West by William M. Thayer (Norwich, Connecticut: The Henry Bill Publishing Co. 1890
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