Touch of Wildness: A Maine Woods Journal by Lew Dietz
Touch of Wildness: A Maine Woods Journal
Holt, Rinehart and Winston; 1st edition (1970)
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"Touch of Wildness" is a collection of Maine outdoor stories written by Lew Dietz and first published in 1957. It includes short stories written by Dietz, many originally published by Field & Stream magazine, covering fishing, upland bird and waterfowl hunting, deer hunting, and special pieces on Maine folk in the Maine woods. The stories in "Touch of Wildness" remind me a lot of some of my favorites from legendary Maine writer Edmund Ware Smith. Dietz was reminiscent, descriptive and humorous in his writing, and had a knack for crafting a story folks would enjoy reading. We all like stories about our home turf, which is why I enjoyed Dietz' piece on goose hunting the crop fields of northern Aroostook County. I also marveled at his description of a trip up the upper St. John River. Dietz, a friend and a few Allagash guides motored up the St. John from Ouellette Farm to Seven Islands, took a ride from there to Umsaskis Lake and traveled the Allagash River down to Allagash Village. His description of the St. John's beauty and an account of some incredible brook trout fishing is important history. Not two decades later, muskellunge were introduced to the upper St. John and changed the river's fishery forever.
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