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Muir Transcendentalism

Decent Essays
Oeschlaeger’s “Henry David Thoreau: Philosopher of the Wilderness”, “John Muir: Wilderness Sage”, and “Aldo Leopold and the Age of Ecology” from The Idea of Wilderness: From Prehistory to the Age of Ecology focuses on the main American wilderness writers. Henry David Thoreau’s wilderness writing branches away from transcendentalism and into true appreciation of the glory of nature. His ideas evolved through his experiences with nature over the years (136). For instance, his negative or frightening experience on Ktaadn marked his divorce from transcendentalism (149). Thoreau was also a supporter of environmental protection, which would continue on to influence John Muir and Aldo Leopold. John Muir also began his wilderness writing career with
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