John Muir Muir published only seven books during his life, but these were supplemented by many dozens of newspaper and magazine articles. Many of these have since been collected in book form. In addition, some of his letters and personal journals have been edited and published, with more appearing every year. The following list is probably incomplete. If you know of any other works by Muir that should be included here, please e-mail us at


  • Books published during his life
    • The Mountains of California (1894)
    • Our National Parks (1901)
    • Stickeen (1909)
    • Edward Henry Harriman (1911)
    • My First Summer in the Sierra (1911)
    • The Yosemite (1912)
    • The Story of My Boyhood and Youth (1913)


  • Books published posthumously
    • Letters to a Friend (1915)
    • Travels in Alaska (1915)
    • A Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf (1916)
    • The Cruise of the Corwin (1917)


  • Posthumous collections of Muir’s newspaper and magazine articles
    • Steep Trails (1918)
    • John of the Mountains (1938)
    • Studies in the Sierra (1950)
    • The Wilderness World of John Muir, Edwin Way Teale, ed. 1954
    • Wilderness Essays, Frank E. Buske, ed. (1980)
    • John Muir: To Yosemite and Beyond, Robert Engbergand Donald Wesling, eds. (1980)
    • Summering in the Sierra, Robert Engberg, ed. (1983)
    • John Muir: Letters from Alaska, Robert Engberg and Bruce Merrell, eds. (1984)
    • Mountaineering Essays, Richard F. Fleck, ed. (1984)
    • South of Yosemite: Selected Writings of John Muir, Frederic R. Gunsky, ed. (1968)
    • Muir Among the Animals: The Wildlife Writings of John Muir, Lisa Mighetto, ed. (1985)
    • Dear Papa: Letters Between John Muir and His Daughter Wanda, Shirley Sargent, ed. (1985).
    • The Wild Muir–Twenty-Two of John Muir’s Greatest Adventures, Lee Stetson, ed. (1994).
    • John Muir: His Life and Letters and Other Writings Terry Gifford, ed. (1996).
    • John Muir: Nature Writings, Library of America (scheduled for Spring 1997).


  • Biographies and critical studies of Muir
    • Wolfe, Linnie Marsh, Son of the Wilderness: The Life of John Muir (1945) Winner of a Pulitzer Prize
    • John Muir and His Legacy: The American Conservation Movement Stephen Fox (1981)
    • The Pathless Way: John Muir and American Wilderness Michael P. Cohen (1984)
    • Rediscovering America: John Muir in His Time and Ours Frederick W. Turner (1985)

NOTE: A more complete list of books about Muir can be found at the Sierra Club’s “John Muir Exhibit”

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