Professor of Humanities
Northern Arizona University
The Idea of Wilderness advances a reading of Thoreau, as a thinker who begins from an Emersonian-transcendentalism, becomes a proto-evolutionary thinker- and then an American scholar posthumously.
ironically realizes Emerson's dream for his
Emerson's eulogy reveals his
disappointment with Thoreau, asserting, "He
had no greater aspiration than to be captain of a huckleberry party."
Max Oelschlaeger is a Professor of Humanities at Northern Arizona University.
is the author of The Idea of Wilderness: From Prehistory to the Age of Ecology (Yale, 1991), Caring for Creation: An Ecumenical Approach to the Environmental Crisis (Yale, 1994), and Texas Land Ethics (Texas, 1997), co-authored with Pete Gunter.
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