We scarcely know Thoreau better, writes archivist and scholar Bradley Dean: we still remember him today for having spent time in jail and spinning philosophy out of the New England woods. On the strength of this lost, and now published, final manuscript of Thoreau's, Dean would have us think of him as a protoecologist, and for very good reason. In the last years of his life, Thoreau resolved to learn better the science behind nature, and in Wild Fruits he collected the lore and facts surrounding the plants around his home, observing such things as the quantity of chestnuts that local trees were producing, the myriad shapes of pine cones as they unfold, the taste of "fever bush," and the smell of sweet gale.
The unfinished manuscript, cataloging dozens of species, affords a fascinating glimpse into Thoreau's method as an amateur student of nature--a method worthy of close study and imitation. Dean adds greatly to it with his intelligent commentary, which revisits Thoreau's sources, corrects a few of his errors, and emphasizes the writer's importance to natural history and belles-lettres alike. --Gregory McNamee --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
While "Wild Fruits" is certainly not a "Walden", there are plenty of Walden-worthy lines in this book. Read morePublished 4 months ago by William G. Schmidt
"Wild Fruits" is book based on an unfinished manuscript written by Henry David Thoreau, otherwise mostly known as the author of "Walden". Read morePublished 15 months ago by Ashtar Command
This book is great if you love nature. It has a lot of info about the fruits and plants of New England. Thoreau is very descriptive and you can tell he loves the subject matter. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Amanda L. Davis
Wild Fruits Thoreau's Rediscovered Last Manuscript
1850's This lost manuscript is mostly about Thoreau and his time studying the plants he lives near. Read more
Like features on a face or shadows on the moon, what we remember most is the unusual, the unsmooth, the wart or the wrinkle. Read morePublished on November 27, 2007 by Cecil Bothwell
This book is a collection of notes concerning the timing of various fruits that grow in and around Concord, Massachusetts. Read morePublished on July 18, 2006 by Erika Mitchell
What could be more pedestrian than the fruits (talking broadly) of plants - such fruits that include grains of wheat, hips of wild roses, apples, blueberries, etc. Read morePublished on September 29, 2005 by David B Richman
First things first, as they say. Very appropriately, other reviews have started with a heart felt admiration and thanks to Bradley Dean and all of his associates for this... Read morePublished on April 3, 2005 by Bugs
Do we have a preference for our Thoreau? ABSOLUTELY! But even the adulterated varietal will do in a pinch. Read morePublished on April 17, 2003 by Pine & Palmetto