Appalachian Wilderness: The Great Smokey Mountains

by Eliot Porter

Hardcover, 1988


In this wise and lyrical book about landscapes of the desert and the mind, Edward Abbey guides us beyond the wall of the city and asphalt belting of superhighways to special pockets of wilderness that stretch from the interior of Alaska to the dry lands of Mexico.



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Gallery Books (1988)

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LibraryThing member billsearth
This is a coffee table book that combines good photos of natural beauty with the history of the Great Smokey Mountain region. It is written from a log of a trip through the area but filled with data researched later. That style makes for easy interesting reading.The photos are very, good. Many of
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the photos are in the 8X10 size.
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LibraryThing member carrieprice78
A delicious and visually-delightful book put together by Ed Abbey and the amazing photographer Eliot Porter. Abbey's musings on Appalachia were quite hilarious, but also quite sad at times as he talked about the land and how it's been ruined by us in so very many ways. His narrative takes tangents
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but mostly follows a visit he made to the Great Smokies over one winter in his later years. He travels up Clingman's Dome with his wife and daughter and reminisces on the land, the landscape, and the history of the area.

Porter's photographs are a treat. They're not necessarily eye-popping, but thoughtful, colorful images of Appalachian flora.

At any rate, I was attracted to the book by Abbey's writings, but Porter's photographs were a pleasant bonus.
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LibraryThing member EvalineAuerbach
Noted photographer Porter's photos are shadowed by Edward Abbey's human history: industrial tourism and the harsh fate of the Cherokee Indians, sensitively told. For a complete collection of either Abbey or Porter, this is a necessity - and a terrific duo it is. (Who here knew Abbey "wrote"
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coffee-table books?)
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