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In CliffsNotes on Walden, you discover the most important work of Henry David Thoreau - his exploration of the transcendentalist's striving to realize the possibility of one's own perfection and divinity. What results is an account of Thoreau's two-year stay at Walden Pond, as he celebrates nature as he moves toward spiritual rebirth and fulfillment.
Chapter summaries and commentaries take you through Thoreau's journey, and essays help you understand the Transcendentalist movement and Thoreau's place in it. Other features that help you study include
- A section on the life and background of Henry David Thoreau
- A section of essay questions and theme topics
- A selected bibliography
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Table of Contents
Life of the Author.
The Transcendentalist Movement.
Introduction to Walden.
Summaries and Commentaries.
Chapter 1: Economy.
Chapter 2: Where I Lived, and What I Lived For.
Chapter 3: Reading.
Chapter 4: Sounds.
Chapter 5: Solitude.
Chapter 6: Visitors.
Chapter 7: The Bean-Field.
Chapter 8: The Village.
Chapter 9: The Ponds.
Chapter 10: Baker Farm.
Chapter 11: Higher Laws.
Chapter 12: Brute Neighbours.
Chapter 13: House-warming.
Chapter 14: Former Inhabitants; and Winter Visitors.
Chapter 15: Winter Animals.
Chapter 16: The Pond in Winter.
Chapter 17: Spring.
Chapter 18: Conclusion.
Extra-Literary Recognition of Thoreau.
Essay Questions and Theme Topics.