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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Prestwick House, Inc. (February 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603890165
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603890168
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.9 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By B. Wilfong on April 6, 2010
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Transcendentalism was the first truly American philosophical movement and this nice (and cheap) edition collects some of the more canonical pieces of Transcendentalism's two greatest expounders, Emerson and Thoreau. It is ideal for students and classrooms as each piece contains a glossary that clears up outdated, or difficult, allusions and words.
Simplicity and self reliance were the two greatest tenets of transcendentalism and the essays in this collection certainly pound on that theme. However, two of the Thoreau selections (Civil Disobedience & Walden) touch on the purpose of nature in our lives and our role / relationship to our government. Both are massively relevant to almost any time and it is the universality of their themes that make them necessary reading.
Emerson and Thoreau were clearly great and original thinkers, and so one can get past their hypocrisy and numerous double standards throughout their writing. Reading the transcendentalists forces one to think about themselves.
To that, all I can say is awesome.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By eb on May 6, 2012
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This book is amazing. Not only does it teach the reader complex vocabulary but it also teaches the reader how to read a happy life. It connects many general topics together and constantly stresses the importance of individualism. If you can understand this book, it will be great. If you can't, do everything possible to understand it, even if it means reading it with a dictionary in front of you. It's worth it!
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By MARNY on December 5, 2014
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Shaun Logan on December 14, 2012
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This book makes me excited in my pants as I read the amazing nature porn Thoreau has to offer. Me likey!
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lori T. Sly on January 26, 2015
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These writings seemed dated, a far cry from today's fast-paced to-the-point writings. Lots of static description and cerebral musing, especially slow in Thoreau's survey of multiple ponds. I skimmed often in those parts. Good for historians trying to recapture an age, but most modern readers,used to sound bites and active engagement, will have little patience with the pace.
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