Henry D. Thoreau's classic "A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers" is published now as a new paperback edition and includes an introduction by noted writer John McPhee. This work--unusual for its symbolism and structure, its criticism of Christian institutions, and its many-layered storytelling--was Thoreau's first published book.
In the late summer of 1839, Thoreau and his older brother John made a two-week boat-and-hiking trip from Concord, Massachusetts, to the White Mountains of New Hampshire. After John's sudden death in 1842, Thoreau began to prepare a memorial account of their excursion. He wrote two drafts of this story at Walden Pond, which he continued to revise and expand until 1849, when he arranged for its publication at his own expense. The book's heterodoxy and apparent formlessness troubled its contemporary audience. Modern readers, however, have come to see it as an appropriate predecessor to "Walden," with Thoreau's story of a river journey depicting the early years of his spiritual and artistic growth.
Introduction by John McPhee ixConcord River 5Saturday 15Sunday 43Monday 117Tuesday 179Wednesday 235Thursday 298Friday 334Index 395
Series: Writings of Henry D. Thoreau
Number Of Pages: 624
Published: 13th June 2004
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.17 x 12.9
Weight (kg): 0.46
Edition Type: Revised