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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An American Original, June 4, 2001
This review is from: Henry David Thoreau : Collected Essays and Poems (Library of America) (Hardcover)
....When beginning to read this anthology, I was already familiar with most of his essays but had had only limited exposure to his poems which comprise about a third of this volume’s contents. Thoreau was a man of great intellectual courage while possessing at the same time an uncommon sensitivity to the natural world in which he seemed to be most comfortable. Within the context of American society during the mid-19th century, it is interesting to observe his development of concepts such as civil disobedience which later had such a profound influence on the thinking of public leaders such as Mohandas Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. I have always admired the rigor of Thoreau’s intellect which is evident in abundance throughout his published works. While proceeding through this single volume in which most of his essays and his poems are arranged in sequence, I developed a much greater appreciation of (for lack of a better term) his “humanity.” Those who desire a wider and deeper context for consideration of these works are urged to read Walter Harding's The Days of Henry Thoreau as well as Robert D. Richardson’s two biographies, Henry Thoreau: A Life of the Mind and Emerson: The Mind on Fire.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Presently the best single-volume compilation of HDT's essays (not to mention his poems), January 29, 2012
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Henry Thoreau (Olathe, KS United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Henry David Thoreau : Collected Essays and Poems (Library of America) (Hardcover)
Be aware that this dark-blue-cloth "Library of America" hardcover edition (whose spine--but not the front cover--is tastefully stamped with gold characters) exists in TWO very different-looking versions: (1) in the largely black dust jacket pictured on Amazon's product page, with no slipcase; or (2) in a fairly fancy, cream-colored slipcase, without the dust jacket. Thus, before placing your order, you might want to ask the seller WHICH version they're selling--especially if you want this volume to visually match its noteworthy "companion" (ISBN 0940450275, which comprises all four of Thoreau's full-length books--A WEEK ON THE CONCORD & MERRIMACK RIVERS; WALDEN; THE MAINE WOODS; and CAPE COD), which likewise exists in two such versions.

Another reviewer questioned this hardcover's durability and price. Regarding its DURABILITY per se, the prospective buyer needn't fret about anything whatsoever [including the paper's (satisfyingly sufficient) thickness and quality]. Library of America's hardcovers are very well made! Regarding the PRICE, however, it indeed seems gallingly steep, at least to notoriously frugal souls like me.

Even so, presently this book--to my knowledge--constitutes the best and most comprehensive single-volume compilation of HDT's essays [not to mention his (infinitely less significant) poetry] for the layperson.

In pursuit of HDT's beloved virtue of "simplicity," consummate Thoreauvians would, arguably, fare best by owning just two (or perhaps three) publications:

(1) this "Library of America" edition of HDT's COLLECTED ESSAYS AND POEMS (ISBN 1883011957);

(2) the "Library of America" single-volume edition of HDT's four full-length books [A WEEK ON THE CONCORD AND MERRIMACK RIVERS; WALDEN; THE MAINE WOODS; and CAPE COD (ISBN 0940450275)]; and perhaps,

(3) HDT's complete (14-volume) JOURNAL (ISBN 0879051736).

With just those three editions, we've--essentially--got "THE" works of Henry David Thoreau on our shelf.
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ...could be worth it, March 7, 2002
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publicvoice (Eugene, OR United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Henry David Thoreau : Collected Essays and Poems (Library of America) (Hardcover)
This is a very fine collection of Essays and Poems but a bit pricey. I have to think that Thoreau would not have approved. Go to the library and paw through some of the essays
to see if you want the ones that you cannot get through another
collection. Frequently "Walking" or "Civil Disobedience" or
"Life Without Principle" are added to small volumes of Walden.
I, of course, shelled out the cash and bought it, but I
sometimes have second thoughts. The paper is quite thin and
I have doubts about it's durablity. If you intend to read this
work several times while underlining and making notes, I would look aroung before buying this specific volume. If you merely want a presentable copy to sit on the shelves and only occasionally consulted, but otherwise dormant-than this is for you.
As a side note, Thoreau demonstrates that some mediums are
better for others. Although a master prose essay writer( I see
"Walden" a a collection of discrete, connected essays) his
poetry isn't so great. This is not uncommon, although a great
prose-poet, Nietzsche's straight poetry is very weak.
Essentially, the material inside this volume is worth your
money. This volume itself may not satisfy your needs though.
Go to a university library, read through the essays, and decide
how important ownership is for you. Thoreau would have approved
of such an investigation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice!, December 22, 2013
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This review is from: Henry David Thoreau : Collected Essays and Poems (Library of America) (Hardcover)
I bought this book as a gift for a friend. She was thrilled because it was just what she wanted. I was very happy with the quality of the binding and slipcase. The ribbon bookmark was a nice touch. Very classy edition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, September 5, 2014
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All is poems and essays in one book. A must have.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Anytime, March 4, 2009
This review is from: Henry David Thoreau : Collected Essays and Poems (Library of America) (Hardcover)
I've visited many of the places Thoreau writes about and when I read his works it's like being there.

This volume contains both prose and poetry. I'm enjoying the poetry as much as the prose.
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Henry David Thoreau : Collected Essays and Poems (Library of America) by Henry David Thoreau (Hardcover - April 23, 2001)
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