The World Of John Burroughs evolved from its conception while Ed was completing a feature story for Vassar College's alumni magazine to its original publication in hardcover by Harry Abrams. It brings together three rich sources of material: Ed's color photographs of places where the great nature writer and philosopher John Burroughs (1837-1921) lived and wrote, and of flora and fauna he celebrated; historic black-and-white photos from wide-ranging sources, some published here for the first time and including images of people Burroughs knew firsthand, including Abraham Lincoln, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Walt Whitman, Theodore Roosevelt, John Muir, Thomas Edison, and Henry Ford; and a 40,000-word text anchored in interviews with people who knew Burroughs and in primary and secondary sources.
The late Dean Amadon, Curator Emeritus of Ornithology at the American Museum of Natural History, wrote of the book, "Mr. Kanze writes with a graceful style that would have pleased his subject.... Let us hope this volume has the wide circulation it so richly deserves." [A] richly illustrated biography... the real essence of [Kanze's] subject is captured in a wealth of marvelous photographs.--Publishers Weekly. "Through excellent archival photographs, biographical text, quotations from Burroughs's books and poems... Kanze brings Burroughs to life for modern readers. [A] thoughtful, highly readable volume.--Country Living -- Review