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Sponsored by the Thoreau Society, this trio of conveniently pocket-sized volumes, each with a fresh and authoritative foreword, makes an ideal introduction to the Transcendental naturalist of Concord. The selections in each go beyond predictable snippets from Walden, encompassing nuggets mined from both the familiar and remotest reaches of Thoreau's journalsAall a joy to read and ponder. Among the three topics, readers may be best acquainted with Harvard graduate Thoreau's far-sighted views on real education as an unending, hands-on pursuitAhere illuminated by his views on science and mountains. Long thought, after his death, to be merely a scrupulous collector of facts and measurements, Thoreau was in fact a self-proclaimed mystic who worried that his increasingly frequent brushes with scientific objectivity were threatening his commitment to a life of poetry and principle. These three slim volumes are highly recommended for all nonacademic libraries.ACharles Nash, Cottey Coll., Nevada, MO
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About the Author

Henry David Thoreau was born in Concord, MA in 1817, and is best know for his influential work, Walden, which was published by Ticknor & Fields in 1854.
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Product Details

  • Series: Spirit of Thoreau
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books (May 31, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395948002
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395948002
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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By TW VINE VOICE on March 24, 2010
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Henry Thoreau is an intriguing philosopher whose views are derived from his observation of nature and the conflicts between the cold unemotional aspects of science and the warm aesthetic elements of poetry. Material Faith is a collection of journal entries that outline Thoreau's thought process that led to his renowned conclusions.

Having written his observations in the mid 19th century, many of Thoreau's scientific understanding seems primitive by today's standards, yet his revelations are timeless. Thoreau explained that, "The question is not what you look at - but how you look & whether you see." He indeed saw much about the nature of this world that science neglects.

This piece represents only a small portion of Thoreau's philosophy, but it fully delivers. Anyone with an interest in nature and/or philosophy will appreciate this book from start to finish.
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