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John Mudge

John Mudge
As a young man, John developed a love of the White Mountains and spent many hours hiking, camping, photographing, and climbing the majestic peaks that surround his family's home in the White Mountains. Interested in anything and everything relating to the mountains of northern New Hampshire, John has accumulated a large private collection of images and information about the White Mountains. Using his vast knowledge of the White Mountains and their history, his own private collection, and his finely honed research skills, John, through his own company, Durand Press, has published the most important books about the White Mountains. John lectures extensively on the White Mountains and is a frequent contributor to the education programs run by the Appalachian Mountain Club and Mount Washington Observatory.

White Mountains: Names Places and Legends
John Mudge
Arranged alphabetically, this book gives the story behind the hundreds of names that are used to identify towns, mountains, trails, bodies of water, ridges, ravines, and even some of the rocks.

Readers will learn that Mt. Goose Eye . . . is reportedly a derivation of Goose High, meaning that the geese flew at this height when they passed the mountain and that Boise Rock is a large glacial boulder named after Thomas Boise . . . [who] found shelter under the boulder during a winter storm.

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Tales of the White Mountains
John Mudge
Introduction by John Mudge

Nathaniel Hawthorne, one of America's greatest writers, wrote four short stories about New Hampshire's White Mountains that are an important part of the literary history of that region--The Ambitions Guest, Sketches from Memory, The Great Carbuncle and The Great Stone Face.

Hawthorne, a student of New England history, incorporated into his writings a mythical America that portrayed a certain history, spirit, and romance of this young country--a spirit and romance that the reader will find in Tales of the White Mountains.

Chronicled in the Historical Epilogue is the 1826 Willey Disaster--the source of not only Hawthorne's The Ambitious Guest but also other historical, literary, and artistic contributions to the history and culture of the White Mountains.

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