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Book Trailer - “Emerson, Muir, Thoreau: A Photographic Trilogy of American Wildness” by Scot Miller

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Published on Dec 16, 2015

An overview of the new Collector's Edition book with a special performance by Lee Stetson as John Muir.

About the Book:

"Emerson, Muir, Thoreau: A Photographic Trilogy of American Wildness," a Collector’s Edition from Levenger Press, is the first book to visually connect the philosophies of Ralph Waldo Emerson, John Muir, and Henry David Thoreau, emphasizing the interconnectedness of these three writers/philosophers/activists, and the role that their intertwined orbits played in America’s environmental coming of age.

The book features a dramatic commingling of words and images, marrying passages from each man’s selected work with sixty-nine of Scot Miller’s never-before-published photographs taken over a seventeen-year period. For Emerson, that work is “Nature.” For Muir, it is “The American Forests.” For Thoreau, it is “Walking.”

Scot Miller’s Introduction highlights the unique place of Emerson, Muir and Thoreau in American environmentalism as well as the way in which their lives intersected. (Muir’s touching retelling in his “The Forests of Yosemite Park” of meeting Emerson in Yosemite will serve as a coda.)

The photography section follows the Introduction, with quotations paired with each image. Following this, all three essays are reprinted in their entirety, thus providing readers with the full context surrounding the quoted passages. In essence, there are two ways a reader can come to this book—either from the direction of images, or from the direction of words.

The book has high production values in terms of paper, color treatment and binding. In keeping with the spirit of its subject matter, the book was printed in America by an environmentally responsible printer. This Collector’s Edition book is a memorable prelude to observing the one-hundredth anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016.

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