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William and Maymie Kimes Annotation

John Muir was a prolific letter-writer. According to his daughter Helen, his first order of the day was to answer letters he had received and to initiate new correspondence when the need arose. In 1915, when Dr. Bade was commissioned by Muir's daughters to be literary executor, he immediately began to collect letter or copies of letter. He says that where he had hoped to locate a thousand letters, he finally accumulated nearly double that number (Bade letters, CStoC). Compiling The Life and Letters so soon after Muir's death gave him the additional opportunity to collect reminiscences from many people who had known Muir. Since first-hand reminiscences, and particularly letters, give an insight and understanding of a person that can be gained in no other way. Dr. Bade has indeed made an invaluable contribution to the study of John Muir. The two volumes of The Life and Letters were to be volumes nine and ten of The Writings...,the ten volume set sold by subscription only; therefore, Houghton Mifflin Company held up this seperate publication of The Life and Letters until all subscribers had received volumes nine and ten (Bade letters, CStoC).


The Life and Letters of John Muir. Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company


2 v.


Illus., 21 cm. Green buckram, brown leather labels with gilt-stamped lettering on spine. Illus.: photogravure front. With printed tissue tipped in each v. Price: $7.50 per set.




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