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.
Just immerse yourself in a stripped back, spare prose of a life lived simply, almost Zen-like. Sublime.
Walden is a seminal work in literature, an absolute must read
|Where I Lived, and What I Lived For||p. 53|
|The Bean-Field||p. 100|
|The Village||p. 108|
|The Ponds||p. 112|
|Baker Farm||p. 130|
|Higher Laws||p. 136|
|Brute Neighbors||p. 144|
|Former Inhabitants; and Winter Visitors||p. 165|
|Winter Animals||p. 175|
|The Pond in Winter||p. 182|
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Series: Dover Thrift Editions
For Ages: 14+ years old
For Grades: 9+
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: April 1995
Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.6 x 13.5 x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.18
Edition Type: New edition