An Everglades Providence: Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the American Environmental Century

Jack E Davis (Author)

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$32.95  $30.31
University of Georgia Press
Publish Date
April 15, 2011
6.1 X 2.0 X 9.2 inches | 2.75 pounds
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About the Author

Jack E. Davis is a professor of history at the University of Florida. He is editor of "The Wide Brim: Early Poems and Ponderings of Marjory Stoneman Douglas" and coeditor of "Paradise Lost? The Environmental History of Florida."


A compelling biography of one of the twentieth century's giants in American conservation and letters. Davis does for Marjory Stoneman Douglas what Linda Lear did for Rachel Carson and Farley Mowat did for Dian Fossey. He gives us the textures of a principled woman, sometimes troubled, sometimes ambitious, always dedicated to an unselfish goal. Davis does justice to both Douglas's life and the incipient days of America's environmental awakening.

--Ted Levin "author of Liquid Land: A Journey through the Florida Everglades "

I congratulate Davis for his exceptional book on the life of Marjory Stoneman Douglas. More than just a biography, the book provides an excellent history of the modern environmental movement. I am certain that all who read it will be not only inspired by the dynamic, pivotal, and courageous life and work of Marjory Stoneman Douglas but also reminded of how terribly essential her efforts to protect the Florida Everglades and the environment remain.

--Senator Bob Graham

Davis has vividly captured the Marjory Stoneman Douglas I knew--a feisty, funny, indomitable American original. With erudition and eloquence he carries the reader along in a gripping story of the century-long struggle to save the Everglades. And he tells us that Marjory would surely want us to know that the struggle is far from over. This book inspires us to carry on her work.

--Diana Chapman Walsh "president of Wellesley College, 1993-2007 "

A brilliant biography, An Everglades Providence completes the portrait of one of the most important environmental figures of the twentieth century. Environmentalists claim Marjory Stoneman Douglas as theirs, but she was not a full-time activist until age 79. Davis fills in the picture with writing as clever and fluid as his subject's and with meticulous research that will have readers asking, 'How'd he find that?' His book is also another life story: that of South Florida's environment and its devastating alteration. A must-read for citizens and decisionmakers, who can choose to keep altering nature or heed Douglas and live in its balance.

--Cynthia Barnett "author of Mirage: Florida and the Vanishing Water of the Eastern U.S. "

An Everglades Providence hardly knocks Douglas off the pedestal she properly occupies in Florida history. But this ambitious, scrupulously thorough biography extends credit to the many other people who helped put her there. Without diminishing Douglas' accomplishments, Davis details her critical collaborations with mentors, scientists, activists, journalists and friends who influenced her.

--Miami Herald

Paints an affectionate portrait of the quirky Douglas.

--Orion Magazine

An impressive look at America during Douglas's lifetime and the growth of America's environmental movement. This outstanding volume is essential for environmental and history collections.

--Library Journal

Davis never met Douglas, but he has given her the serious biography she deserves, capturing her cantankerous personality and brilliant mind, while at the same time providing the historical context necessary to fully appreciate her amazing life. It's a tour de force.

--St. Petersburg Times