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A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (Penguin Classics)

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A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers, an account of a boat trip Thoreau took in 1839, is a finely crafted tapestry of travel writing, essays, and lyrical poetry. Alternating between observation and reflection, Thoreau interweaves day-by-day descriptions of natural phenomenon, the rural landscape, and local characters with digressions on literature and philosophy, the Native American and Puritan histories of New England, the Bhagavad-Gita, the imperfections of Christianity, and many other subjects.<P>An invaluable companion to Walden, it stands alone as one of the most remarkable literary achievements of the nineteenth century.

Synopsis:

Thoreau's account of his 1839 boat trip is a finely crafted tapestry of travel writing, essays, and lyrical poetry. Thoreau interweaves descriptions of natural phenomena, the rural landscape, and local characters with digressions on literature and philosophy, the Native American and Puritian histories of New England, the Bhagavad Gita, the imperfections of Christianity, and many other subjects.

Although it shares many of the themes in Thoreau's classic WALDEN, A WEEKoffers an alternative perspective on his analaysis of the relationship between nature and culture.

About the Author

Henry David Thoreau was born in Concord, Massachusetts in 1817. He graduated from Harvard in 1837, the same year he began his lifelong Journal. Inspired by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Thoreau became a key member of the Transcendentalist movement that included Margaret Fuller and Bronson Alcott. The Transcendentalists' faith in nature was tested by Thoreau between 1845 and 1847 when he lived for twenty-six months in a homemade hut at Walden Pond. While living at Walden, Thoreau worked on the two books published during his lifetime: Walden (1854) and A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849). Several of his other works, including The Maine Woods, Cape Cod, and Excursions, were published posthumously. Thoreau died in Concord, at the age of forty-four, in 1862.

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Introduction

Suggestions for Further Reading

A Note on the Text

Map of the Concord and Merrimack Rivers

A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers Notes

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ISBN:
9780140434422
Introduction:
Peck, H. Daniel
Notes by:
Peck, H. Daniel
Introduction by:
Peck, H. Daniel
Introduction:
Peck, H. Daniel
Author:
Thoreau, Henry David
Author:
Peck, H. Daniel
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Description and travel
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Merrimack river and valley
Subject:
Thoreau, Henry David
Subject:
Concord river (mass.)
Subject:
Merrimack River (N.H. and Mass.) Description and travel.
Subject:
Merrimack River
Subject:
Concord River
Subject:
Travel
Subject:
Merrimack River (N.H. and Mass.)
Subject:
Travel Writing-General
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Penguin Classics
Publication Date:
19981231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
b/w map on page xxix
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
7.74x5.06x.75 in. .54 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Thoreau's account of his 1839 boat trip is a finely crafted tapestry of travel writing, essays, and lyrical poetry. Thoreau interweaves descriptions of natural phenomena, the rural landscape, and local characters with digressions on literature and philosophy, the Native American and Puritian histories of New England, the Bhagavad Gita, the imperfections of Christianity, and many other subjects.

Although it shares many of the themes in Thoreau's classic WALDEN, A WEEKoffers an alternative perspective on his analaysis of the relationship between nature and culture.

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