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

Walden and Civil Disobedience

Penguin American Library

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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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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
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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): 22.1 x 12.4  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1