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A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (Princeton Classic Editions)

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Henry D. Thoreau's classic A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers is published now as a new paperback edition and includes an introduction by noted writer John McPhee. This work--unusual for its symbolism and structure, its criticism of Christian institutions, and its many-layered storytelling--was Thoreau's first published book.

In the late summer of 1839, Thoreau and his older brother John made a two-week boat-and-hiking trip from Concord, Massachusetts, to the White Mountains of New Hampshire. After John's sudden death in 1842, Thoreau began to prepare a memorial account of their excursion. He wrote two drafts of this story at Walden Pond, which he continued to revise and expand until 1849, when he arranged for its publication at his own expense. The book's heterodoxy and apparent formlessness troubled its contemporary audience. Modern readers, however, have come to see it as an appropriate predecessor to Walden, with Thoreau's story of a river journey depicting the early years of his spiritual and artistic growth.

Synopsis:

Henry D. Thoreau's classic A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers is published now as a new paperback edition and includes an introduction by noted writer John McPhee. This work--unusual for its symbolism and structure, its criticism of Christian institutions, and its many-layered storytelling--was Thoreau's first published book.

In the late summer of 1839, Thoreau and his older brother John made a two-week boat-and-hiking trip from Concord, Massachusetts, to the White Mountains of New Hampshire. After John's sudden death in 1842, Thoreau began to prepare a memorial account of their excursion. He wrote two drafts of this story at Walden Pond, which he continued to revise and expand until 1849, when he arranged for its publication at his own expense. The book's heterodoxy and apparent formlessness troubled its contemporary audience. Modern readers, however, have come to see it as an appropriate predecessor to Walden, with Thoreau's story of a river journey depicting the early years of his spiritual and artistic growth.

Synopsis:

Thoreau's first published book--the story of a river journey depicting the early years of his spiritual and artistic growth--is now published as a new paperback edition and includes an introduction by noted writer John McPhee.

About the Author

John McPhee is the author of twenty-five books, including "The Control of Nature, Irons in the Fire", and "Annals of the Former World", for which he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1999.

Table of Contents

Introduction by John McPhee ix

Concord River 5

Saturday 15

Sunday 43

Monday 117

Tuesday 179

Wednesday 235

Thursday 298

Friday 334

Index 395

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691118789
Editor:
Hovde, Carl F.
Editor:
Howarth, William L.
Editor:
Hovde, Carl F.
Editor:
Howarth, William L.
Author:
McPhee, John
Author:
Hovde, Carl F.
Author:
Thoreau, Henry David
Author:
Witherell, Elizabeth Hall
Author:
Howarth, William L.
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Location:
Princeton
Subject:
Description and travel
Subject:
Naturalists/Gardeners
Subject:
Thoreau, Henry David
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Naturalists, Gardeners, Environmentalists
Subject:
American Language and Literature
Subject:
Travel
Subject:
Concord river (mass.)
Subject:
Merrimack River (N.H. and Mass.)
Subject:
American literature
Subject:
Biography-Gardeners and Naturalists
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Princeton Classic Editions
Publication Date:
May 2004
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Pages:
440
Dimensions:
8 x 5 in 16 oz

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"Synopsis" by , Henry D. Thoreau's classic A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers is published now as a new paperback edition and includes an introduction by noted writer John McPhee. This work--unusual for its symbolism and structure, its criticism of Christian institutions, and its many-layered storytelling--was Thoreau's first published book.

In the late summer of 1839, Thoreau and his older brother John made a two-week boat-and-hiking trip from Concord, Massachusetts, to the White Mountains of New Hampshire. After John's sudden death in 1842, Thoreau began to prepare a memorial account of their excursion. He wrote two drafts of this story at Walden Pond, which he continued to revise and expand until 1849, when he arranged for its publication at his own expense. The book's heterodoxy and apparent formlessness troubled its contemporary audience. Modern readers, however, have come to see it as an appropriate predecessor to Walden, with Thoreau's story of a river journey depicting the early years of his spiritual and artistic growth.

"Synopsis" by , Thoreau's first published book--the story of a river journey depicting the early years of his spiritual and artistic growth--is now published as a new paperback edition and includes an introduction by noted writer John McPhee.
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