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Walden, Or, Life in the Woods : Dover Thrift Editions - Henry David Thoreau

Walden, Or, Life in the Woods

Dover Thrift Editions

Paperback Published: April 1995
ISBN: 9780486284958
Number Of Pages: 224
For Ages: 14+ years old

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Accounts of Thoreau's daily life on the shores of Walden Pond outside Concord, Massachusetts, are interwoven with musings on the virtues of self-reliance and individual freedom, on society, government, and other topics.

Nature was a form of religion for naturalist, essayist, and early environmentalist Henry David Thoreau (1817–62). In communing with the natural world, he wished to "live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and … learn what it had to teach." Toward that end Thoreau built a cabin in the spring of 1845 on the shores of Walden Pond on land owned by Ralph Waldo Emerson outside Concord, Massachusetts. There he observed nature, farmed, built fences, surveyed, and wrote in his journal.

One product of his two-year sojourn was this book a great classic of American letters. Interwoven with accounts of Thoreau's daily life (he received visitors and almost daily walked into Concord) are mediations on human existence, society, government, and other topics, expressed with wisdom and beauty of style.

Walden offers abundant evidence of Thoreau's ability to begin with observations on a mundane incident or the minutiae of nature and then develop these observations into profound ruminations on the most fundamental human concerns. Credited with influencing Tolstoy, Gandhi, and other thinkers, the volume remains a masterpiece of philosophical reflection.

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Walden, Or, Life in the Woods

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Economyp. 1
Where I Lived, and What I Lived Forp. 53
Readingp. 64
Soundsp. 72
Solitudep. 84
Visitorsp. 90
The Bean-Fieldp. 100
The Villagep. 108
The Pondsp. 112
Baker Farmp. 130
Higher Lawsp. 136
Brute Neighborsp. 144
House-Warmingp. 153
Former Inhabitants; and Winter Visitorsp. 165
Winter Animalsp. 175
The Pond in Winterp. 182
Springp. 193
Conclusionp. 206
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ISBN: 9780486284958
ISBN-10: 0486284956
Series: Dover Thrift Editions
Audience: General
For Ages: 14+ years old
For Grades: 9+
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: April 1995
Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.9 x 13.1  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.18
Edition Type: New edition

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