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Winter Sunshine

John Burroughs

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Collection of Essays about Winter in the Catskills

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .When Dickens was in this country, I imagine the aspirants to the honor of a walk with him were not numerous. In a pedestrian tour of England by an American, I read that, "after breakfast with the Independent minister, he walked with us for six miles out of town upon our road. Three little boys and girls, the youngest six years old, also accompanied us. They were romping and rambling about all the while, and their morning walk must have been as much as fifteen miles; but they thought nothing of it, and when we parted were apparently as fresh as when they started, and very loath to return."

I fear, also, the American is becoming disqualified for the manly art of walking by a falling off in the size of his foot. He cherishes and cultivates this part of his anatomy, and apparently thinks his taste and good breeding are to be inferred from its diminutive size. A small, trim foot, well booted or gaitered, is the national vanity. How we stare at the big fe. . . Read More

Community Reviews

The perfect companion for a winter's day. People don't read this great native philosopher and naturalist nearly enough. He was a contemporary of John Muir, friend to Walt Whitman and rambler of American byways. Where we might walk along, see something and have a thought about it--if we're a 'deep th

3 3/4 stars

My reading of John Burroughs' works continues with his second volume of collected essays, Winter Sunshine (1875). With our warming winters, note that according to Burroughs, Catskills maple sugaring would last into April, whereas this year it was done by the beginning of March. For birders and walke