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A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (Dover Thrift Editions)

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Based on an 1839 boat trip Thoreau took with his brother from Concord, Massachusetts, to Concord, New Hampshire, and back, this classic of American literature is not only a vivid narrative of that journey, it is also a collection of thought-provoking observations on such diverse topics as poetry, literature and philosophy, Native American and Puritan histories of New England, friendship, sacred Eastern writings, traditional Christianity, and much more.

Written, like Walden, while Thoreau lived at Walden Pond, and published in 1849, A Week (his first book) shares many themes with Walden, published in 1854. Both dramatize the process of self-renewal in nature and resolutely rail against the official culture and politics of the "trivial Nineteenth Century." Blending keen observation with a wealth of perceptive and informed reflections, Thoreau develops a continuous and lyrical dialogue between the past and present, as particular scenes on shore trigger reflections on the regions history and legends.

Originally conceived as a travel book, A Week eventually became much more — one of the most intellectually ambitious works of 19th-century America, and a requiem for Thoreau's brother John, who died from a sudden illness in 1842.

Of Thoreau and this work, Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "H. D. Thoreau is a great man in Concord, a man of original genius and character. . . . I think it [A Week. . .] is a book of wonderful merit, which is to go far and last long."

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Classic of American literature not only vividly narrates a boat trip Thoreau took with his brother in 1839 but also contains thought-provoking observations on literature, philosophy, Native American and Puritan histories of New England, friends, and a diversity of other topics. "A book of wonderful merit." — Ralph Waldo Emerson

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ISBN:
9780486419329
Author:
Thoreau, Henry David
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Author:
Dover Thrift Editions
Location:
Mineola, N.Y.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Description and travel
Subject:
Thoreau, Henry David
Subject:
United States - New England - New Hampshire
Subject:
Merrimack River Valley
Subject:
Concord River Valley
Subject:
Merrimack River
Subject:
Concord River
Subject:
Travel
Subject:
Concord river (mass.)
Subject:
Merrimack River (N.H. and Mass.)
Subject:
Americana-New Hampshire
Subject:
Travel - U.S./Midwest
Subject:
American - General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Dover Thrift Editions
Series Volume:
2551
Publication Date:
20011131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.19 in 0.46 lb
Age Level:
from 14

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Classic of American literature not only vividly narrates a boat trip Thoreau took with his brother in 1839 but also contains thought-provoking observations on literature, philosophy, Native American and Puritan histories of New England, friends, and a diversity of other topics. "A book of wonderful merit." — Ralph Waldo Emerson
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