"Perhaps the most remarkable book in the American canon. As dense as scripture, crowded with aphorism, Walden is full enough of ideas for a score of ordinary books." -Bill McKibben
In 1845 Henry David Thoreau left his pencil-manufacturing business and began building a cabin on the shore of Walden Pond near Concord, Massachusetts. This lyrical yet practical-minded book is at once the record of the 26 months Thoreau spent in withdrawal from society-an account of the daily details of building, planting, hunting, cooking, and always, observing nature-and a declaration of independence from the oppressive mores and spiritual sterility of the world he left behind. Elegant, funny, profound, and quietly searching, Walden remains the most persuasive American argument for simplicity of life and clarity of conscience.
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The contents of this Paperback Classic are drawn from Henry David Thoreau: A Week, Walden, The Maine Woods, Cape Cod, volume number 28 in the Library of America series. That volume is joined in the series by a companion volume, number 124, Henry David Thoreau: Collected Essays and Poems.
Besides WALDEN, Thoreau's A WEEK ON THE CONCORD AND MERRIMACK RIVERS is the only one of his works to be published in his lifetime. Written while he lived in the Walden cabin, this book is a tribute to the trip he took with his older brother John, who died of lockjaw in his brother's arms when Thoreau was 25. WALDEN, his classic account of the solitary life, describing his attempts to simplify his life and sort out his priorities by living alone in a cabin beside Walden Pond for nearly two years, is one of the most influential books ever written. When he died, Thoreau was working on THE MAINE WOODS; Published posthumously in 1864, it is a brilliantly evocative journey into the world of Maine's inland wilderness. His account of his travels and explorations on Cape Cod is considered his most genial book, and one of his most appealing. Thoreau's CAPE COD, which was published in 1865 after his death, remains an indispensable guide to the area.
- December 31, 2009
- December 31, 2009
- Henry David Thoreau