“There are two kinds of adventurers: those who go truly hoping to find adventure and those who go secretly hoping they won t.” – William Least Heat-Moon
Born William Lewis Trogdon on this date in 1939, Least Heat-Moon is a travel writer and historian of European and Osage ancestry. He is the author of a dozen books – many chronicling his unusual journeys around the United States – including the mega-bestsellers River Horse and Blue Highways.
A native of Missouri and graduate of the prestigious University of Missouri journalism school (where he majored in photojournalism and also has served on the faculty), Least Heat-Moon authors works that have been labeled “literary naturalism,” with the ecosystem serving as a foundation.
In his travelogues he often illustrates the hybrid relationship between humans and the environment and how each entity influences the other, presenting critiques of how societal progress can negatively affect the ecosystem.
“Often,” Least Heat-Moon said, “I did learn what I didn't know I wanted to know.”