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J. E. Calkins

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Wolfe, Linnie Marsh

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13 the mountains would not come to him in any such weak left-handed way; he would have to go to the mountains; then he cited the authority of the psalmist —- "I will lift up mine eyes to the hills from wMH8 my strength cometh;" and after more of such negations he hit the nail on the head; "beside," he said, it is such a tremendous task for me to write atm*mm&S&*&- a book that | shrink from it. I don't want to undertake it again." •»Why.M I cried out loud, astonished; Myou write so easily—" M0 hoiM he flung back at me, "much you © know about that. Let me tell you: writing is the very hardest kind of work I can lay my hand to* It is a if very slavery. I should dread to think of writing another book. I was quite taken aback. In my surprise at that statement I ceased to be in any degree impressive. I could manage only to murmur something about his writings being so easy to read, and that was no argument with him. "Yes—easy to read! I hope they are; they cost enoiigh hard labor. But you must have heard that anything that is easy to read has been hard to write. Bo. To write another book would be a jp tremendous job." We talked a little while about this writing business, and as we talked an idea took form with me. After all the liberties I had taken with him that morning one more impertinence might not matter, so I ventured: "I think I Of/*?

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[1941-1945]

Date Digital

2016

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14

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text

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MSS048 Vb.7

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Keywords

John Muir, biography, reminiscence, colleagues, contemporaries, archives, special collections, University of the Pacific, California, Holt-Atherton Special Collections, history, naturalist

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