Known as a teacher, literary critic, and pioneer in the school of nature, Burroughs was born in New York State in 1837. Over the course of his career, Burroughs wrote volumes of essays, some of which were published after his death. His essay topics dealt with religion, nature, birds and literature. John Burroughs was known to share company with key figures of his day. These included such men as John Muir, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison and Harvey Firestone. Burroughs died on March 29, 1921 while returning from a trip to California.
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