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Under the Maples   By: (1837-1921)

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Under the Maples by John Burroughs is a beautiful collection of essays that captures the essence of nature with profound insight and keen observation. Through his eloquent prose, Burroughs takes readers on a captivating journey, exploring the enchantment of the natural world that lies beneath the maples.

The book is a compilation of various essays that delve into a range of subjects, from the serene beauty of the woods and the charm of the meadows to the songs of birds and the allure of wildflowers. One of the remarkable aspects of Burroughs' writing is his ability to convey a deep connection with the environment, inviting readers to truly immerse themselves in the scenes he describes.

Burroughs' observations showcase his profound understanding of the intricacies of nature. Whether he is describing the mystery of the forest or the vibrant colors of a flower, his words breathe life into the pages, evoking vivid images in the reader's mind. The author's enthusiasm and reverence for the natural world are evident in every sentence, making the reader feel as if they are experiencing the wonders of nature alongside him.

What sets Under the Maples apart is the author's talent for blending scientific knowledge with poetic language. He seamlessly weaves together facts and personal anecdotes, creating a harmonious balance that appeals to both the intellect and the emotions. His writing is not overwhelming with specialized terminology but rather accessible and relatable, making it an excellent choice for both nature enthusiasts and casual readers.

Moreover, Burroughs' keen observations of his surroundings provide readers with a fresh perspective on nature. He encourages us to look beyond the superficial, to appreciate the simple beauty of the natural world that often goes unnoticed. Whether it is the texture of a leaf or the flight of a butterfly, he illuminates the beauty in the details, urging us to slow down and savor the wonders that surround us.

Under the Maples is a literary masterpiece that emphasizes the importance of our connection with nature. Burroughs' profound insights and eloquent prose make this book a delight to read. Whether you are an avid nature lover or simply seeking a moment of respite from the chaos of everyday life, this collection of essays will transport you to a world of tranquility and wonder beneath the maples.

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Transcriber's Note: Alternative spelling for chippie/chippy has been retained as it appears in the original publication.


[Illustration: Copyright, 1921, by Charles F. Lummis. All rights reserved.


(March 23, 1921; six days before his death) Made at Pasadena Glen, California, by his long time friend Charles F. Lummis]



[Illustration: The Riverside Press]



The Riverside Press Cambridge




It was while sitting in his hay barn study in the Catskills and looking out upon the maple woods of the old home farm, and under the maples at Riverby, that the most of these essays were written, during the last two years of the author's life. And it was to the familiar haunts near his Hudson River home that his thoughts wistfully turned while wintering in Southern California in 1921. As he pictured in his mind the ice breaking up on the river in the crystalline March days, the return of the birds, the first hepaticas, he longed to be back among them; he was there in spirit, gazing upon the river from the summer house, or from the veranda of the Nest, or seated at his table in the chestnut bark Study, or busy with his sap gathering and sugar making... Continue reading book >>

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