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Walden and Other Writings

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With their call for"simplicity, simplicity,  simplicity!", for self-honesty, and for  harmony with nature, the writings of Henry David  Thoreau are perhaps the most influential philosophical  works in all American literature. The selections in  tis volume represent Thoreau at his best. Included  in their entirety are Walden,  his indisputable masterpiece, and his two great  arguments for nonconformity, Civil  Disobedience and Life Without  Principle. A lifetime of brilliant observation of  nature — and of himself — is recorded in selections  from A Week On The Concord And Merrimack  Rivers, Cape Cod, The Maine Woods and  The Journal.

Synopsis:

With their call for "simplicity, simplicity, simplicity!”, for self-honesty, and for harmony with nature, the writings of Henry David Thoreau are perhaps the most influential philosophical works in all American literature.

The selections in this volume represent Thoreau at his best. Included in their entirety are Walden, his indisputable masterpiece, and his two great arguments for nonconformity, Civil Disobedience and Life Without Principle. A lifetime of brilliant observation of nature--and of himself--is recorded in selections from A Week On The Concord And Merrimack Rivers, Cape Cod, The Maine Woods and The Journal.

About the Author

Henry David Thoreau was born July 12, 1817 - "just in the nick of time," as he wrote, for the "flowering of New England," when the area boasted such eminent citizens as Emerson, Hawthorne, Whitman and Melville. Raised in genteel poverty - his father made and sold pencils from their home - Thoreau enjoyed, nevertheless, a fine education, graduating from Harvard in 1837. In that year, the young thinker met Emerson and formed the close friendship that became the most significant of his life. Guided, sponsored and aided by his famous older colleague, Thoreau began to publish essays in The Dial, exhibiting the radical originality that would gain the disdain of his contemporaries but the great admiration of all succeeding generations.

In 1845, Thoreau began the living experiment for which he is most famous. During his two years and two months in the shack beside the New England pond, he wrote his first important work, A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849), was arrested for refusing to pay his poll tax to a government that supported slavery (recorded in "Civil Disobedience") and gathered the material for his masterpiece, Walden (1854). He spent the rest of his life writing and lecturing and died, relatively unappreciated, in 1862.

Table of Contents

A week on the Concord and Merrimack rivers — Civil disobedience — Walden — Life without principle — The Maine woods — Cape Cod — The journal.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780553212464
Author:
Thoreau, Henry David
Publisher:
Bantam Classics
Location:
New York ;
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
American
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Authors, American
Subject:
Solitude
Subject:
Thoreau, Henry David - Homes and haunts -
Subject:
Walden Woods (Mass.)
Subject:
Anthologies-Essays
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Bantam classic ed.
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series Volume:
104-114
Publication Date:
19830931
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
6.87x4.20x.86 in. .45 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , With their call for "simplicity, simplicity, simplicity!”, for self-honesty, and for harmony with nature, the writings of Henry David Thoreau are perhaps the most influential philosophical works in all American literature.

The selections in this volume represent Thoreau at his best. Included in their entirety are Walden, his indisputable masterpiece, and his two great arguments for nonconformity, Civil Disobedience and Life Without Principle. A lifetime of brilliant observation of nature--and of himself--is recorded in selections from A Week On The Concord And Merrimack Rivers, Cape Cod, The Maine Woods and The Journal.

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