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

Walden, Or, Life in the Woods

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Published: April 1995
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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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    Just immerse yourself in a stripped back, spare prose of a life lived simply, almost Zen-like. Sublime.

     
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      Walden is a seminal work in literature, an absolute must read

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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): 20.6 x 13.5  x 1.4
      Weight (kg): 0.17
      Edition Type: New edition