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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.
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The titles in this HENRY DAVID THOREAU collection are listed below.
- Civil Disobedience
- The Maine Woods
- Canoeing in the Wilderness
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.”
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
Self-described as "a mystic, a transcendentalist, and a natural philosopher to boot," Henry David Thoreau dedicated his life to preserving his freedom as a man and as an artist. Nature was the fountainhead of his inspiration and his refuge from what he considered the follies of society. Heedless of his friends' advice to live in a more orthodox manner, he determinedly pursued his own inner bent-that of a poet-philosopher-in prose and verse. Edited by noted Thoreau scholar Jeffrey S. Cramer, this edition promises to be the new standard for those interested in discovering the great thinker's influential ideas about everything from environmentalism to limited government.
For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
- "A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers" (1849) is based on a boat trip taken with his brother from Concord, Massachusetts to Concord, New Hampshire.
- "Walden," (1854) one of America's greatest books, is at once a personal declaration of independence, social experiment, voyage of spiritual discovery, manual of self-reliance, and masterpiece of style.
- "The Maine Woods" (1864) combines close observation of the unexplored Maine wilderness with a far-sighted plea for conservation.
- "Cape Cod" (1865) is a brilliant and unsentimental account of survival on a barren peninsula in the face of hostile elements, historical change, and natural decay.
- This meticulous digital edition from Heritage Publishing is a faithful reproduction of the original texts.
"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.
Published in 1854 by transcendentalist writer Henry David Thoreau, Walden depicts Thoreau's experience living an entirely self-sufficient life in a small cabin he built himself by Walden Pond near Concord, Massachusetts. Thoreau seeks to demonstrate how easy it is to acquire all of life's necessities by living simply and rejecting the rat-race of competing for material possessions. This way of living liberates the individual to pursue what Thoreau believes should be our primary aims in life: personal growth and cultivating a spiritual connection with nature.
Civil Disobedience was first published in 1849. It argues that people should not permit governments to overrule or atrophy their consciences, and that people have a duty to avoid allowing such acquiescence to enable the government to make them the agents of injustice. Thoreau was motivated in part by his disgust with slavery and the Mexican-American War.
In his autobiograraphy, King wrote, "During my student days I read Henry David Thoreau's essay On Civil Disobedience for the first time. Here, in this courageous New Englander's refusal to pay his taxes and his choice of jail rather than support a war that would spread slavery's territory into Mexico, I made my first contact with the theory of nonviolent resistance. Fascinated by the idea of refusing to cooperate with an evil system, I was so deeply moved that I reread the work several times.
I became convinced that noncooperation with evil is as much a moral obligation as is cooperation with good. No other person has been more eloquent and passionate in getting this idea across than Henry David Thoreau. As a result of his writings and personal witness, we are the heirs of a legacy of creative protest. The teachings of Thoreau came alive in our civil rights movement; indeed, they are more alive than ever before. Whether expressed in a sit-in at lunch counters, a freedom ride into Mississippi, a peaceful protest in Albany, Georgia, a bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama, these are outgrowths of Thoreau's insistence that evil must be resisted and that no moral man can patiently adjust to injustice."