Ina Coolbrith


Ina Coolbrith


John Muir


1267 Webster St., Oakland,

Nov. 19/94.

Dear John Muir,

For the fruit of your land and the fruit of your brain, I thank you. For this last, I cannot say how much I thank you, nor how glad I am to see you in covers. I began to think I should never behold that Book with the eyes of the flesh, and was wondering if I should have to wait for your prose-poem on the "Mountains of God." As if all were not the



Mountains of God!
I supposed your pubs. send you the press notices, but I enclose one chanced upon in a paper sent me by my friend Miss Carpentier. If you already have it send this back. It is hardly the kind of "criticism" I would like to see, for while the reviewer tells what the book is about! and gives you credit for understanding your subject, he says not a word about the consummate beauty of your work. I don't believe the man could tell



a bird-carol from a steam-whistle, or note the difference between one of the poor abortive little hills of the East, and the infinite heights of which you sing, for your book is a song, a grand song!

Love to all your family and yourself.

Your old-time friend,

Ina [Coolfrith?]

P. S. No, I cannot have Mr. Cheney's place x. I am "disqualified by sex."

x Librarian of S F Free Library



Oakland [Calif]

Date Original



Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 12.5 cm.

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Online finding aid for the microform version of the John Muir Correspondence

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Environmentalist, naturalist, travel, conservation, national parks, John Muir, Yosemite, California, history, correspondence, letters



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