A Booklover’s Holidays in the Open c. 1924
This book, a memoir first printed by Scribners in 1916, is uniquely revealing of Theodore Roosevelt’s moral and intellectual leanings. As his says in the Preface, "The joy of living is his who has the heart to demand it. Roosevelt felt the most alive when out in the open air of the wilderness, when, “He can see the red splendor of desert sunsets, and the unearthly glory of the afterglow on the battlements of desolate mountains. In sapphire gulfs of ocean he can visit islets, above which the wings of myriads of sea-fowl make a kind of shifting cuneiform script in the air. He can ride along the brink of the stupendous cliff-walled canyon, where eagles soar below him, and cougars make their lairs on the ledges and harry the big-horned sheep. He can journey through the northern forests, the home of the giant moose, the forests of fragrant and murmuring life in summer, the iron-bound and melancholy forests of winter. Bartleby.
Published in New York in 1924 by Charles Scribner's sons.