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Wild Apples Hardcover – October 31, 2015
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About the Author
American author, naturalist, philosopher, and leading transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) is best known for his book Walden and his essay Civil Disobedience. His lasting contributions to American literature focus on natural history, self-sufficient living, and individuality.
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"The apple has an important place in my life―my mother’s maiden name was Apple. Her parents, my grandparents, were Harry and Lillian Apple. They made their way separately from the Ukraine to Philadelphia, New Jersey, New York, and back to New Jersey. Their kind love is always at my core. I have named a business for them and planted it here outside of Concord, Massachusetts, a few miles from the hill in Esterbooks’s woods where Thoreau found apple growing with pines, birches, maples, and oaks." ―Phil Zuckerman, Publisher
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Top Customer Reviews
Thoreau explains that the apple was the
foundation of Rome. This fruit symbolizes
peace as does the olive in an olive branch.
This perfect fruit was mentioned by Homer
and Herodotus. Pliny calls apples by the
name urbaniores. This wonderful fruit first
surfaces the beginning of August and begins
to fade toward the end of November as the
winter quickly approaches.
Thoreau's book is a treasure chest of pertinent
information about the apple and its literary
and historical significance.
All said, this little volume is a jewel. Both the essay, which is among Thoreau's best and this slim, elegant edition of it. It's a short read, but it's full of the philosophy that Thoreau practiced throughout his brief life. And what subject as simple as the apple, its history, its occurrence throughout folklore and mythology as observed and studied through the eyes of a botanist and reported in the lines of a poet. But as in all of his writing there is always something composting beneath and if you don't mind digging a little, something might open up another door in your mind.
Small enough to throw in a backpack or fine enough to lie on a coffee table but filled with the juice of a wild apple orchard. A treat for an admirer of Thoreau or a nice introduction for someone whose way of thinking and living might be changing in the future.