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To the Wilderness A Memoir
978-1-61149-340-5 • Hardback
January 2010 • $70.00 • (£44.95)
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Pages: 211
Size: 6 1/2 x 9 3/4
By Marion K. Stocking
Biography & Autobiography | Women
University Press Copublishing Division | University of Delaware
To the Wilderness is the memoir of an outdoorswoman's life in search of the wild. Improvising a canoe route through deep Maine woods, she discovered—a century after Thoreau—not the forest primeval but a commercial forest, B.C. (Before Chainsaw). Later, in the Minnesota-Ontario border waters she found wilderness being loved to death, making the ironic case for management of wild places. Climbing Mount Katahdin in 1947 provided her with a baseline of untrammeled wilderness. But ecstatic moments of union with nature, she discovered, may be inseparable from alienating and even life-threatening encounters. Having grown through innocence to experience, she contemplated the changing attitudes toward the environment in her lifetime and suggested how one person or a nation may live responsibly on the planet.
The late Marion K. Stocking taught at Beloit College for thirty years.