A Not Too Greatly Changed Eden
A Not Too Greatly Changed Eden: The Story of the Philosophers' Camp in the Adirondacks
By James Schlett
In this book, James Schlett recounts the story of the Philosophers Camp, from the lives and careers of- and friendships and frictions among- the participants to the extensive preparations for the expedition and the several-day encampment to its lasting legacy. Schlett's account is a sweeping tale that provides vistas of the dramatically changing landscapes of the United States in the second half of the century. As he relates, the scholars later formed the Adirondack Club that set out to establish a permanent encampment at nearby Ampersand Pond. Their plans, however, we dashed amid the outbreak of the Civil War and the advancement of civilization into a wilderness that Stillman describes as "a not too greatly changed Eden".