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The Writer’s Almanac for April 7, 2017: It is a Beauteous Evening, Calm and Free

Apr. 7, 2017: birthday: Marjory Stoneman Douglas

It’s the birthday of author Marjory Stoneman Douglas (books by this author), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (1890). She was a lifelong crusader for the preservation of the Florida Everglades and is best remembered for her book Everglades: River of Grass (1947). She wrote: “There are no other Everglades in the world … Nothing anywhere else is like them: their vast glittering openness … the racing free saltness and sweetness of their massive winds, under the blue heights of space … the simplicity, the diversity, the related harmony of the forms of life they enclose … It is a river of grass.”