April 7, 2010, 7:29 pm
Filed under: Folk, The Great Outdoors | Tags: , , ,

Been working my way through John McPhee’s “Coming into the Country”, more on that book later, and came across a mention of a writer named “Nessmuk”. Not knowing what he was talking about I learned that Nessmuk was the pen name for George Sears, a nineteenth century writer who wrote for Forest and Stream magazine in the 1880’s. He also published a classic camping book called “Woodcraft” first published in 1884.

McPhee describes Woodcraft as being, “written with so much wisdom wit, and insight that it makes Henry David Thoreu seem alien, humorless, and French.”

Seeing that Cold Splinters seems to always have answers about obscure outdoors ephemera, I search Mr. Thorpe’s site a bit and came across this description of Nessmuk and “Woodcraft.”


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i’m reading the same book right now!

Comment by jeff

Jeff, that’s really funny. Yeah I was recommended the book after reading an article of McPhee’s in the New Yorker about fly fishing.

Comment by nbolton

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