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Woodsburner (Large Print) (Thorndike Reviewers' Choice)

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Woodsburner springs from a little-known event in the life of one of America's most iconic figures, Henry David Thoreau. On April 30, 1844, a year before he built his cabin on Walden Pond, Thoreau accidentally started a forest fire that destroyed three hundred acres of the Concord woods--an event that altered the landscape of American thought in a single day.

Against the background of Thoreau's fire, Pipkin's ambitious debut penetrates the mind of the young philosopher while also painting a panorama of the young nation at a formative moment. Pipkin's Thoreau is a lost soul, plagued by indecision, resigned to a career designing pencils for his father's factory while dreaming of better things. On the day of the fire, his path will intersect with three very different local citizens, each of whom also harbors a secret dream. Oddmund Hus, a lovable Norwegian farmhand, pines for the wife of his brutal employer. Elliott Calvert, a prosperous bookseller, is also a hilariously inept aspiring playwright. And Caleb Dowdy preaches fire and brimstone to his congregation through an opium haze. Each of their lives, like Thoreau's, is changed forever by the fire.

Like Geraldine Brooks's March and Colm Toibin's The Master, Woodsburner illuminates America's literary and cultural past with insight, wit, and deep affection for its unforgettable characters, as it brings to vivid life the complex man whose writings have inspired generations

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On April 30, 1844, Henry David Thoreau accidentally started a forest fire that destroyed 300 acres of the Concord woods. Against the background of Thoreau's fire, Pipkin's ambitious debut penetrates the mind of the young philosopher.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781410419453
Author:
Pipkin, John
Publisher:
Thorndike Press
Subject:
Biographical fiction
Subject:
Large type books
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Large Print:
Y
Series:
Thorndike Reviewers' Choice
Publication Date:
20091031
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
579
Dimensions:
8.30x5.70x1.20 in. 1.55 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , On April 30, 1844, Henry David Thoreau accidentally started a forest fire that destroyed 300 acres of the Concord woods. Against the background of Thoreau's fire, Pipkin's ambitious debut penetrates the mind of the young philosopher.
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