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James Richardson

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Lieutenant Colonel James Richardson, USA (ret.) “was born in 1950, and was educated at Princeton and Harvard. Early in his career, he returned to Princeton to teach and has remained there, where he currently holds a joint appointment in English and Creative Writing. Richardson has published six previous volumes of poetry and three works of literary criticism.”  According to Princeton University, “James Richardson’s main collections are Reservations (1977), Second Guesses (1984), As If (1992), How Things Are (2000), the “cult favorite” Vectors: Aphorisms and Ten-Second Essays (2001), and Interglacial: New and Selected Poems and Aphorisms (2004), which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He is also the author of two critical studies, Thomas Hardy: The Poetry of Necessity (1977) and Vanishing Lives: Tennyson, Rossetti, Swinburne and Yeats (1988).”  Lieutenant Colonel James Richardson is also the author of Once Upon a Climb: One Man’s Journey on the Appalachian Trail.

 

According to the book description of Once Upon a Climb: One Man’s Journey on the Appalachian Trail, “This is a book about one man's 2,160-mile, six-month adventure on the Appalachian Trail. The author vividly depicts the physical, emotional, and spiritual components of his journey as he makes his way northward to Maine.”

 

The MOAA said of Once Upon a Climb: One Man’s Journey on the Appalachian Trail, “This is a book about one man’s adventure in thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail. The author began his journey in Georgia and completed the 2,160-mile trek to Maine, one day following his 61st birthday. Richardson offers an excruciatingly honest account of the physical and psychological demands, as well as the spiritual underpinning of his trek. This is a must read for all who want to learn more about the joy and travails that one experiences when stepping up to the unrelenting challenges of thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail. Experience the author’s encounters with a myriad of unusual people, as well as his chance dealings with the natural inhabitants of the woods. You will be intrigued by Richardson’s descriptiveness of his overnight stays in places such as the Doyle Hotel, Duncannon, PA; the Greymoor Friary, Bear Mountain, NY, a co-ed dorm near the Dartmouth College campus in Hanover, NH, to name a few. From his first steps at Springer Mountain, GA, to his final tread marks on Mt. Katahdin, Maine, Richardson brings you along for the adventure.”


Once upon a Climb: One Man's Journey on the Appalachian Trail
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How Things Are (Carnegie-Mellon Poetry)
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Vectors: Aphorisms & Ten-Second Essays
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Reservations, Poems by James Richardson
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Second Guesses: Poems
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As If (National Poetry Series)
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Thomas Hardy: The Poetry of Necessity
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Vanishing Lives: Style and Self in Tennyson, D.G. Rossetti, Swinburne and Yeats (Virginia Victorian Studies)
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One reader of Once Upon a Climb: One Man’s Journey on the Appalachian Trail said, “I found this book to be very enjoyable. I enjoy hiking and since reading this book I have hiked on several stretches of the Appalachian Trail. The book really put you in the "boots" of Mr. Richardson as he journeyed. I admire him for his perseverance and faith. Not only was it a joy to read the book, I learned several hiking tips. The book was well written and easy to understand.”

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