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The Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) has released the third edition of The Adirondack Reader, a collection of writings that spans more than 400 years of the region's history and literature and reflects changing attitudes toward wilderness. Edited by the late Paul Jamieson, who was emerticus professor of English, with University Editor Neal Burdick '72, this edition includes the work of some 30 new writers as well as the classic entries of Adirondack explorers and philosophers for which the book is known. A 32-page color insert features classic and contemporary Adirondack paintings, illustrations, etchings and photographs.

The Adirondack Reader, first published in 1964, includes works by James Fenimore Cooper, Robert Louis Stevenson, Theodore Dreiser, Joyce Carol Oates, Henry David Thoreau, Theodore Roosevelt, Richard Henry Dana Jr. and Ralph Waldo Emerson. Newcomers to the third edition include Bill McKibben, Russell Banks, Chris Jerome, Barbara McMartin, Elizabeth Folwell and Philip Terrie. Visual artists represented in its pages include Winslow Homer, Rockwell Kent, Seneca Ray Stoddard and Harold Weston, as well as more contemporary artists such as Anne Diggory, Lynn Benevento, John Gallucci, Laura von Rosk and Don Wynn.

Jamieson joined the St. Lawrence faculty in 1929 and was an avid hiker, paddler, author and activist. He lived in Canton until his death at age 103, in 2006.

Burdick, who earned his University degree in English, holds a master's degree and Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve. He is the editor-in-chief of Adirondac magazine and his writing has appeared in many publications.

More: The Adirondack Reader on the ADK Web site.
Posted: June 18, 2009


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