Marjory Stoneman Douglas: Voice of the River

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Pineapple Press Inc, 1987 - 268 Seiten

Born in Minnesota in 1890 and raised and educated in Massachusetts, Marjory Stoneman Douglas came to Florida in 1915 to work for her father, who had just started a newspaper called the Herald in a small town called Miami. In this "frontier" town, she recovered from a misjudged marriage, learned to write journalism and fiction and drama, took on the fight for feminism and racial justice and conservation long before those causes became popular, and embarked on a long and uncommonly successful voyage into self-understanding. Way before women did this sort of thing, she recognized her own need for solitude and independence, and built her own little house away from town in an area called Coconut Grove. She still lives there, as she has for over 40 years, with her books and cats and causes, emerging frequently to speak, still a powerful force in ecopolitics.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas begins this story of her life by admitting that "the hardest thing is to tell the truth about oneself" and ends it stating her belief that "life should be lived so vividly and so intensely that thoughts of another life, or a longer life, are not necessary." The voice that emerges in between is a voice from the past and a voice from the future, a voice of conviction and common sense with a sense of humor, a voice so many audiences have heard over the years—tough words in a genteel accent emerging from a tiny woman in a floppy hat—which has truly become the voice of the river.

 

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"Complaining about being old, nobody loves you, nobody comes to see you is a big mistake. Maybe people don't come to see you because you bore them to death,'' 97-year-old Douglas writes. This author ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

Inhalt

Early Years
29
My Fathers Side
35
Providence
41
My Early Education
49
New England Surroundings
57
College
68
Marriage
84
A New Life
95
On My Own
165
A House of My Own
171
More Stories
180
Death and Renewal
186
A Writing Woman
201
More Books
210
Some Sad Goodbyes
218
The Water
228

The Miami Herald
101
Overseas
114
Coming Home
125
Discovering the Everglades
133
Photographs
141
Human Nature
245
Old Age
252
Index
259
Urheberrecht

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Über den Autor (1987)

Marjory Stoneman Douglas is considered by many to be the first lady of the Everglades. What others called a worthless swamp, she dubbed the "river of grass," and she fought fiercely to protect and revive the Everglades in her lifetime. Her autobiography, Marjorie Stoneman Douglas: Voice of the River, is the story of a strong-willed, determined woman who let nothing stand in the way of accomplishing her goals and living "my own life in my own way." Everglades: River of Grass chronicles her involvement in Everglades affairs.

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