224 pages, 8.2 × 5.7 × 0.6 in
May 10, 1999
Graphic Arts Books
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0882405136
ISBN - 13: 9780882405131
From the Publisher
This best-selling memoir from Richard Proenneke's journals and with firsthand knowledge of his subject and the setting, Sam Keith has woven a tribute to a man who carved his masterpiece out of the beyond. To live in a pristine land unchanged by man . . . to roam a wilderness through which few other humans has passed . . . to choose an idyllic site, cut trees by hand, and build a log cabin. . . to be self-sufficient craftsman, making what is needed from materials available...to be not at odds with the world, but content with one's own thoughts, dreams and company. Thousands have had such dreams, but Richard Proenneke lived them. This book is a moving account of the day-to-day explorations and activities Dick carried out alone....alone in the wilderness...and the constant chain of nature's events that kept him company.
About the Author
Samuel "Sam" M. Keith grew up in New England and worked in the CCC during the Great Depression. During World War II he served as a air combat crewman in the Pacific. After his military service ended, Sam attended and graduated from Cornell University. He followed his dream to go to Alaska where he met Richard "Dick" Proenneke in the 1950s on Kodiak Island. He also worked on the Alaska Peninsula and at Kenai for a total of three years before returning to Massachusetts where he met his future wife, Jane. Then he married Jane and began a 26-year career teaching English and eventually becoming an assistant vice principal. In August 1970 he visited Dick's new log cabin on Lake Clark in the wilderness of Alaska. Sam convinced Dick to let him borrow his journals from 1968-1969 as the factual basis for writing the now best-selling book, ONE MAN'S WILDERNESS. Sam passed away in Anderson, South Carolina on March 28, 2003.
From the Author
"Using Dick Proenneke's rough journals as a guide, and knowing him as well as I did, I have tried to get into his mind and reveal the 'flavor' of the man. This is my tribute to him, a celebration of his being in tune with his surroundings and what he did alone with simple tools and ingenuity in carving his masterpiece out of the beyond." ---Sam Keith, (1973)
From Our Editors
Many dream about living off the land, far from civilization, but few have the courage or conviction to follow this vision. One Man’s Wilderness tells the story of Richard Proenneke’s adventures in Alaska. It offers readers an intriguing account of his explorations in this pristine but harsh land, as well as his meditations on nature and its creatures.
"This is soul reading---te simplicity of a man's inner fealings stated in terms which leave no misunderstandings...a classic of its kind." ---Lansing State Journal