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Walden and Civil Disobedience : Penguin American Library - Henry David Thoreau

Walden and Civil Disobedience

Penguin American Library


Published: 25th August 1983
For Ages: 18+ years old
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'If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music he hears, however measured or far away.'

Disdainful of America's growing commercialism and industrialism, Henry David Thoreau left Concord, Massachusetts, in 1845 to live in solitude in the woods by Walden Pond. Walden, the classic account of his stay there, conveys at once a naturalist's wonder at the commonplace and a Transcendentalist's yearning for spiritual truth and self-reliance. But even as Thoreau disentangled himself from worldly matters, his solitary musings were often disturbed by his social conscience.'Civil Disobedience', expressing his antislavery and antiwar sentiments, has influenced nonviolent resistance movements worldwide. Michael Meyer's introduction points out that Walden is not so much an autobiographical study as a 'shining example' of Transcendental individualism. So, too, 'Civil Disobedience' is less a call to political activism than a statement of Thoreau's insistence on living a life of principle.

About The Author

Henry David Thoreau (1817-62) was born in Concord Massachusetts and educated at Harvard. He became a follower and a friend of Emerson, and described himself as a mystic and a transcendentalist. Although he published only two books in his lifetime, Walden is regarded as a literary masterpeice and one of the most significant books of the 19th century.



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      This a a great book by a great writer. I first read it via my local library and had ordered my own copy after the first fifty pages, as I just had to note the important portions.
      Now I have it, the entire book is important.

      This book should be compulsary reading for all from year ten and every year thereafter.

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      A few brief but unaltered excerpts, carefully placed in context by an introduction and with ellipses scrupulously indicated, touch on the activities of a year's cycle and give the young reader a first taste of this beloved 19th-century author's account of his solitary stay in a pond-side cabin. With their dramatic use of black combined with the subtle tones of nature, Sabuda's handsome linoleum-cut illustrations recall Tejima's work in wood; quietly reflecting Thoreau's own reverence for his surroundings, they are sure to attract readers. Whether such abridgments are worthwhile is always debatable, but this one is done with such sensibility to its source that it's worth consideration. (Kirkus Reviews)

      Introductionp. vii
      Chronology of Henry David Thoreau's Life and Workp. xvii
      Historical Context of Walden and On the Duty of Civil Disobediencep. xix
      Walden or, Life in the Woods
      Economyp. 3
      Where I Lived, and What I Lived Forp. 86
      Readingp. 106
      Soundsp. 119
      Solitudep. 138
      Visitorsp. 150
      The Bean-Fieldp. 166
      The Villagep. 180
      The Pondsp. 187
      Baker Farmp. 216
      Higher Lawsp. 226
      Brute Neighborsp. 240
      House-Warmingp. 256
      Former Inhabitants; and Winter Visitorsp. 275
      Winter Animalsp. 291
      The Pond in Winterp. 303
      Springp. 320
      Conclusionp. 342
      On the Duty of Civil Disobedience
      Poemsp. 359
      Sic Vitap. 391
      Winter Memoriesp. 393
      To the Maiden in the Eastp. 394
      Smokep. 396
      Mistp. 397
      Inspirationp. 398
      Notesp. 402
      Interpretive Notesp. 431
      Critical Excerptsp. 440
      Questions for Discussionp. 452
      Suggestions for the Interested Readerp. 454
      Table of Contents provided by Ingram. All Rights Reserved.

      ISBN: 9780140390445
      ISBN-10: 0140390448
      Series: Penguin American Library
      Audience: General
      For Ages: 18+ years old
      Format: Paperback
      Language: English
      Number Of Pages: 432
      Published: 25th August 1983
      Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
      Country of Publication: GB
      Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 13.0  x 1.9
      Weight (kg): 0.31
      Edition Number: 1