The Singing Wilderness is Sigurd Olson’s first, and perhaps best,
book. For 30 years Sigurd had been writing reflective essays about his experiences in the wilderness and trying unsuccessfully to publish them. When Albert Knopf offered him a book deal, it didn’t take him long to put together his best writings. Essays such as “No Place Between” or “The Loons of Lac La Croix” narrate short trips where the author’s exuberance practically jumps off the page, while “The Way of the Canoe” and “Silence” establish wilderness as a vital connection to our past. The Singing Wilderness is Sigurd’s most energetic and poetic book, establishing him among America’s best outdoor writers.