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John Burroughs II
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John Burroughs was the founder of the modern nature essay.


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John Burroughs, one of the masters of American nature writing, wrote “The birds do indeed begin with the day. The farmer who is in the field at work while he can yet see stars catches their first matin hymns. In the longest June days the robin strikes up about half past three o’clock…” Burroughs wrote essays, poetry, and travel sketches, some in this cabin known as "Slabsides." Titles include Wake-Robin, Birds and Poets, Birds and Bees and Other Studies in Nature, Bird and Bough, and others.

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