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About Henry David Thoreau
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) was a writer and philosopher as well as a naturalist. Walden is considered his masterpiece.
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"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived."
In 1845, the transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau moved from his home in the town of Concord, Massachusetts, to a small cabin he built by hand on the shores of Walden Pond. He spent the next two years alone in the woods, learning to live self-sufficiently and to take his creative and moral inspiration from nature. Part memoir, part philosophical treatise, part environmental manifesto, Walden is Thoreau’s inspirational account of those extraordinary years and one of the most influential books ever written.
This reader’s edition, the largest one-volume edition of Thoreau’s Journal ever published, is the first to capture the scope, rhythms, and variety of the work as a whole. Ranging freely over the world at large, the Journal is no less devoted to the life within. As Thoreau says, “It is in vain to write on the seasons unless you have the seasons in you.”
Eight essential works of transcendentalism in one convenient, beautifully laid-out volume, including a dozen illustrations of the authors and their lives.
A collection of exemplary works of transcendentalist thought, by the movement's most famous writers. Included in this volume:
- Henry David Thoreau's Walden
- Thoreau's Walking
- Thoreau's On the Duty of Civil Disobedience
- Ralph Waldo Emerson's Self-Reliance
- Emerson's Nature
- Emerson's The American Scholar
- William Cullen Bryant's Thanatopsis
- Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Artist of the Beautiful
"Walden, or Life In The Woods" is a book of the American writer and philosopher Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862). It was published in 1854.
The autobiographical and, at the same time, literary account of Thoreau’s two-year life in a self-built log cabin at a forest lake in the wilderness of Massachusetts has become a classic of alternative life drafts. It is not a novel in the proper sense, but a literary work of his diary entries and notes. Thoreau, in his contemplations, devotes himself to various aspects of human existence; he reflects on economics, loneliness, the animals of the forest, and the importance of reading classical literary works. "Walden" is one of the most influential books in American literary history.
This edition includes supplementary the famous essay „On the Duty of Civil Disobedience“ by Thoreau. The eBook corresponds to about 410 book pages.
Motivated by his disgust with the US government, Henry David Thoreau’s seminal philosophical essay enjoins individuals to stand against the ruling forces that seek to erase their free will. It is the duty of a good citizen, he argues, not only to disobey a bad law, but also to protest an unjust government. His message of nonviolence and appeal to value one’s own conscience over political legislation have resonated throughout American and world history. Peppered with the author’s poetry and social commentary, Civil Disobedience has become a manifesto for civil dissidents, revolutionaries, and protestors everywhere. Indeed, originally so unpopular with readers that Thoreau was forced to buy back over half of the books from his publisher, this work has gone on to inspire the likes of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.
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The Complete Novels:
A Week On The Concord And Merrimack Rivers
A Yankee In Canada
The Maine Woods
Walden, Or, Life In The Woods
The Complete Poems
The Complete Essays:
A Plea For Captain John Brown
A Walk To Wachusett
A Winter Walk
An Essay On Love And Chastity
Aulus Persius Flaccus
Herald Of Freedom
Homer. Ossian. Chaucer. Extracts From A Lecture On Poetry, Read Before The Concord Lyceum, November 29, 1843
Life Without Principle
Martyrdom Of John Brown
Natural History Of Massachusetts
Night And Moonlight
On The Duty Of Civil Disobedience
Paradise (to Be) Regained
Sir Walter Raleigh
Slavery In Massachusetts
The Last Days Of John Brown
The Succession Of Forest Trees
Thomas Carlyle And His Works
Wendell Phillips Before The Concord Lyceum
Wild Apples: The History Of The Apple-tree
The Complete Journals
Familiar Letters Of Henry David Thoreau
Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves - and each other. They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. They have enriched lives - and destroyed them. Now Penguin brings you the works of the great thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whose ideas shook civilization and helped make us who we are.
Thoreau's account of his solitary and self-sufficient home in the New England woods remains an inspiration to the environmental movement - a call to his fellow men to abandon their striving, materialistic existences of 'quiet desperation' for a simple life within their means, finding spiritual truth through awareness of the sheer beauty of their surroundings.
"Replaces all other available editions of Walden as the most attractive and reliable way to approach this great American book."—Joel Porte, author of Consciousness and Culture: Emerson and Thoreau Reviewed
This is the authoritative edition of an American literaru classic: Henry David Thoreau’s Walden, an elegantly written record of his experiment in simple living. With this edition, Thoreau scholar Jeffrey S. Cramer has meticulously corrected errors and omissions from previous editions of Walden andhere provides illuminating notes on the biographical, historical, and geographical contexts of the great nineteenth-century writer and thinker's life.
Cramer’s newly edited text is based on the original 1854 edition of Walden, with emendations taken from Thoreau’s draft manuscripts, his own markings on the page proofs, and notes in his personal copy of the book. In the editor’s notes to the volume, Cramer quotes from sources Thoreau actually read, showing how he used, interpreted, and altered these sources. Cramer also glosses Walden with references to Thoreau’s essays, journals, and correspondence. With the wealth of material in this edition, readers will find an unprecedented opportunity to immerse themselves in the unique and fascinating world of Thoreau.
Anyone who has read and loved Walden willwant to own and treasure this gift edition. Those wishing to read Walden forthe first time will not find a better guide than Jeffrey S. Cramer.