[Letters to My Dear Wanda.]

[Letters to My Dear Wanda.]


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William and Maymie Kimes Annotation

The correspondence between John Muir and his daughter Wanda reveal Muir as a deeply devoted and loving father who had a keen understanding of children. The early letters are delightfully illustrated, oft times with humor. Muir had excellent rapport with both his daughters. He could be serious or playful as well as instructive. He was a natural teacher and Wanda's letters indicate that she was an apt pupil, for she expresses an enthusiasm and appreciation of the natural world that is as sensitive as Muir's. The first letter in the collection is one Muir wrote to his mother announcing the birth of his first daughter, Wanda, March 25, 1881. Included in the correspondence are 33 letters Muir wrote to Wanda, a number of which are addressed to both Wanda and her sister Helen, spanning the years from Wanda's early childhood to her marriage June 20, 1906. The editers' lucid interpretative passages between the letters smoothly bridge the gaps in time, giving essential biographical background.


Fresno: Panorama West Books


pp. 4-8, 13-14, 20, 22, 24, 29-34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 48-50, 54-55, 58, 60, 61-62, 64-67, 82-84, 89-90

[Letters to My Dear Wanda.]



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