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The Walden: Fully (Annotated) Edition Paperback – April 23, 2021
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- ASIN : B0939ZG6C7
- Publisher : Independently published (April 23, 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 347 pages
- ISBN-13 : 979-8743086825
- Item Weight : 14.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.79 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,301,989 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The result is something that could have been fascinating being just plain awkward and unsatisfying to handle and read.
By Graffixnyc on March 6, 2021
I am an author completing a book on Thoreau. In my research, I've found nothing so valuable as Jeff Cramer's Fully Annotated Edition of Walden. After reading Walden with the luxury of Mr. Cramer's annotations, I realized that I had never truly read it before. The book itself is gorgeous--of generous size and with a quality paper rarely seen. I recently attended a public lecture featuring Mr. Cramer and had the privilege of a one-on-one meeting with him. It is evident how much he enjoys his work and how capable he is as spokesman for the Thoreau Institute where he is curator of some 50,000 Thoreau-related papers.
June 2021 paperback review
Cramer's 2010 hardcover edition had hundreds of annotations. This edition has none. There are some chapter summaries as an introduction, but that's it. I sent the book back.
So what about the book called "Walden" and Thoreau himself? Well those many folks who are devoted readers of course understand the importance of Thoreau to American letters. For someone who might like to read either Walden or one of Thoreau's other writings out of curiosity or necessity (required reading) there is one thing that this reader finds particularly interesting about him and his works: Thoreau was a practicing philosopher who created a set of values and proved their validity by living them. "Walden" among many things is an account of how the practice of such values can effect the way one lives.
In academic philosophy there is a branch called "axiology" which is the study of values. Many a modern professor of philosophy would undoubtedly fault Thoreau for failing to build a value `system' based on recognized philosophic criteria. Well, this is the difference between a professor of philosophy and an actual philosopher. Thoreau did not profess a philosophy he lived a philosophy. The values that he developed if adopted today by an individual would be just as practical and lead to the same level of happiness as in his day. Reading through Walden provides a running account of how to deal with mundane chores necessary to live (and live well) and to deal with the more cosmic issues of space and time (as understood by the individual). There are of course other tangible benefits that come from reading Thoreau, but obtaining a philosophy for living is certainly among them.
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I wish though that Thoreau hadn’t polished “Walden” so much. It can come off a bit dry and preachy.
Thoreau was very well educated and read. Jeffrey S Cramer’s annotations are very helpful in understanding Thoreau’s references.
This book will always be in my personal home library.