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MARJORY STONEMAN DOUGLAS
VOICE OF THE RIVER
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.
"A worthy tribute to a distinguished writer and eminent conservationist." —Peter Mathiessen
"A delightful portrait of an indomitable lady"—Publishers Weekly
"This vivid recall of a full and inspiring life illustrates the wonderful potential of the human spirit. Marjory Stoneman Douglas is a national treasure." —James A. Michener
"Probably no other person has been as effective in stemming [the Everglades'] encroachment by developers as Marjory Stoneman Douglas. In her autobiography this extraordinary woman tells of her crusade with radiating warmth and a deep perception of the beauty she has sought to preserve. The book sets an example for those everywhere who would use their eloquence and writing skills to save some region of beauty and scientific importance for future generations." —Walter Sullivan, Science Editor, New York Times
Size: 6 x 9
24 b&w photos
A BIT OF THE BOOK
Marjory Stoneman Douglas and John Rothchild
An Autobiography with John Rothchild