The Appalachian Trail Reader

Paperback | April 30, 1999

EditorDavid Emblidge

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The longest continuously marked footpath in the world, the Appalachian Trail spans 2,140 miles across fourteen states--from Georgia to Maine--and travels through vastly different natural and social environments. Now, in a lively and eye-opening introduction to this national treasure, TheAppalachian Trail Reader collects trail diaries, historical and personal essays, and poems that reflect the meaning of this great wilderness trail across both time and geography. Here are the works of both well-known writers and anonymous raconteurs, including Henry David Thoreau, James Dickey, Aldo Leopold, James MacGregor Burns, Richard Wilbur, and many others. The trail's founding fathers Benton MacKaye and Myron Avery speak here, too, about their visions and plans,while excerpts from Appalachian Trail hikers' journals, from the 1930s to the 1990s, provide a firsthand, intimate portrait of walking the trail. And throughout, scientists' close observation of the natural world mingle with poet's evocations of the sweetness or the rigors of the wildernessexperience. A patchwork quilt of voices, both eloquent and raw, The Appalachian Trail Reader presents a rich introduction to the trail for those planning a walking trip, and a vivid scrapbook for those who have already hiked its mountains or valleys.

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The longest continuously marked footpath in the world, the Appalachian Trail spans 2,140 miles across fourteen states--from Georgia to Maine--and encompasses vastly different natural and social environments. This lively and eye-opening introduction to this national treasure collects trail diaries and historical and personal essays whic...

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The longest continuously marked footpath in the world, the Appalachian Trail spans 2,140 miles across fourteen states--from Georgia to Maine--and travels through vastly different natural and social environments. Now, in a lively and eye-opening introduction to this national treasure, TheAppalachian Trail Reader collects trail diaries, ...

David Emblidge has hiked sections of the Appalachian trail in seven states as well as other trails in North America and Europe. He writes and edits books on literary, historical, and outdoor recreation subjects. His own work has appeared in The New Republic, MD, Saturday Review, The Boston Globe, The New York Times, and The Berkshire ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 5.98 × 9.02 × 1.18 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195100905

ISBN - 13:9780195100907

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The longest continuously marked footpath in the world, the Appalachian Trail spans 2,140 miles across fourteen states--from Georgia to Maine--and encompasses vastly different natural and social environments. This lively and eye-opening introduction to this national treasure collects trail diaries and historical and personal essays which reflect the meaning of this great wilderness trail across both time and geography. 24 illustrations. 6 maps

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"The collection nicely represents the range of writing about the Trail....For those interested in consulting a map of the Trail's narrative terrain, or in conducting initial explorations into its human and natural history, certainly The Appalachian Trail Reader is a good startingpoint."--ISLE