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- DescriptionDanger in the Congo! The unexplored Amazon! Long perceived as a place of mystery and danger, and more recently as a fragile system requiring our protection, the tropical forest captivated America for over a century. In The Maximum of Wilderness, Kelly Enright traces the representation of tropical forests--what Americans have typically thought of as jungles --and their place in both our perception of wildness and the globalization of the environmental movement. In the early twentieth century, jungle adventure--as depicted by countless books and films, from Burroughs's Tarzan vels to King Kong --had ermous mass appeal. Concurrent with the proliferation of a popular image of the jungle that masked many of its truths was the work of American naturalists who sought to represent an authentic view of tropical nature through museums, zoological and botanical gardens, books, and film. Enright examines the relationship between popular and scientific representations of the forest through the lives and work of Martin and Osa Johnson (who with films such as Congorilla and Simba blended authenticity with adventure), as well as rewned naturalists John Muir, William Beebe, David Fairchild, and Richard Evans Schultes. The author goes on to explore a startling shift at midcentury in the perception of the tropical forest--from the jungle, a place that endangers human life, to the rain forest, a place that is itself endangered.
- Author BiographyKelly Enright is the author of Rhinoceros and Osa and Martin: For the Love of Adventure.
- Author(s)Kelly Enright
- PublisherUniversity of Virginia Press
- Date of Publication15/02/2012
- Place of PublicationCharlottesville
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Virginia Press
- Content NoteIllustrations
- Weight398 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine20 mm
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