A Book-Lover's Holidays in the Open
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1920. Pitman, Theodore B.; Lambert, Alexander. Reissue. Hard Cover. Very Good / No Jacket. Item #2333053
Reissue. A few spots to top edge, a few minor smudges to boards.
x, , 373 pp. Green cloth, gilt titles, blind-stamped borders and TR emblem on front board. Frontispiece from a painting by Theodore B. Pitman, black-and-white plate from a photograph by Alexander Lambert, M.D. Details some of the adventures and journeys the 26th American President went on, written in his own words. "Roosevelt was a prolific author, writing with passion on subjects ranging from foreign policy to the importance of the national park system. Roosevelt was also an avid reader of poetry. American poet, Robert Frost said of Roosevelt, "He was our kind. He quoted poetry to me. He knew poetry." As an editor of Outlook magazine, he had weekly access to a large, educated national audience. In all, Roosevelt wrote about 18 books (each in several editions), including his Autobiography, The Rough Riders History of the Naval War of 1812, and others on subjects such as ranching, explorations, and wildlife. His most ambitious book was the four volume narrative The Winning of the West, which connected the origin of a new "race" of Americans (i.e. what he considered the present population of the United States to be) to the frontier conditions their ancestors endured throughout the 17th, 18th, and early 19th centuries. In 1907, Roosevelt became embroiled in a widely publicized literary debate known as the nature fakers controversy. A few years earlier, naturalist John Burroughs had published an article entitled "Real and Sham Natural History" in the Atlantic Monthly, attacking popular writers of the day such as Ernest Thompson Seton, Charles G. D. Roberts and William J. Long for their fantastical representations of wildlife. Roosevelt agreed with Burroughs' criticisms, and published several essays of his own denouncing the booming genre of "naturalistic" animal stories as "yellow journalism of the woods". It was the President himself who popularized the negative term "nature faker" to describe writers who depicted their animal characters with excessive anthropomorphism." --Wikipedia