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 selections in this volume represent Thoreau at his best. Included in their entirety are Walden, his indisputable masterpiece, and his two great arguments for nonconformity, Civil Disobedience and Life Without Principle. A lifetime of brilliant observation of nature--and of himself--is recorded in selections from A Week On The Concord And Merrimack Rivers, Cape Cod, The Maine Woods and The Journal.
From the Paperback edition.
“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. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practise resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms, and, if it proved to be mean, why then to get the whole and genuine meanness of it, and publish its meanness to the world; or if it were sublime, to know it by experience, and be able to give a true account of it in my next excursion. ”
— Henry David Thoreau, Walden
* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Thoreau’s life and works
* Concise introductions to the books and other texts
* All 5 books, with individual contents tables
* Images of how the books were first printed, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts
* Excellent formatting of the texts
* The complete essays – with rare works often missed out of collections
* The complete poetry, with special chronological and alphabetical contents tables
* Easily locate the poems or short stories you want to read
* Includes Thoreau’s letters – spend hours exploring the author’s personal correspondence
* Features over 2,000 pages of Thoreau’s journals
* Special criticism section, with essays evaluating Thoreau’s personality and contribution to literature
* Features a bonus biography by the author’s close friend Ralph Waldo Emerson – discover Thoreau’s literary life
* Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres
Please note: due to copyright restrictions we are unable to offer the complete journals. However, the collection provides a generous sample of Thoreau’s journals, offering the complete journals for 1837-1847, a detailed example of the ‘middle’ journals for 1855-1856 and the complete last year of Thoreau’s life, as well as a generous selection from all of the other journals.
A WEEK ON THE CONCORD AND MERRIMACK RIVERS
WALDEN, OR, LIFE IN THE WOODS
THE MAINE WOODS
A YANKEE IN CANADA
AULUS PERSIUS FLACCUS
NATURAL HISTORY OF MASSACHUSETTS
A WALK TO WACHUSETT
SIR WALTER RALEIGH
A WINTER WALK
PARADISE (TO BE) REGAINED
HOMER. OSSIAN. CHAUCER.
HERALD OF FREEDOM
WENDELL PHILLIPS BEFORE THE CONCORD LYCEUM
THOMAS CARLYLE AND HIS WORKS
ON THE DUTY OF CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE
CHASTITY AND SENSUALITY
SLAVERY IN MASSACHUSETTS
LIFE WITHOUT PRINCIPLE
A PLEA FOR CAPTAIN JOHN BROWN
MARTYRDOM OF JOHN BROWN
THE LAST DAYS OF JOHN BROWN
THE SUCCESSION OF FOREST TREES
NIGHT AND MOONLIGHT
LIST OF POEMS IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
LIST OF POEMS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER
PROMETHEUS BOUND OF ÆSCHYLUS
TRANSLATIONS FROM PINDAR
FAMILIAR LETTERS OF HENRY DAVID THOREAU
HENRY DAVID THOREAU: HIS CHARACTER AND OPINIONS by Robert Louis Stevenson
BROOK FARM AND CONCORD by Henry James
Extracts from AMERICAN NOTEBOOKS by Nathaniel Hawthorne
THE FORESTER by Amos Bronson Alcott
A FABLE FOR CRITICS by James Russell Lowell
HENRY D. THOREAU by Elbert Hubbard
THOREAU by Virginia Woolf
ANOTHER WORD ON THOREAU by John Burroughs
THOREAU: BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH by Ralph Waldo Emerson
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 will want to own and treasure this gift edition. Those wishing to read Walden for the first time will not find a better guide than Jeffrey S. Cramer.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is proud to present the most beautiful edition ever published of Thoreau's masterpiece. This new edition features spectacular color photographs by Scot Miller that capture Walden as vividly as Thoreau's words do. The book is being published in association with the Walden Woods Project, which is dedicated to preserving the lands Thoreau wrote about. For each copy sold, Houghton Mifflin and Scot Miller are making a donation to the Walden Woods Project.
One product of his two-year sojourn was this book — a great classic of American letters. Interwoven with accounts of Thoreau's daily life (he received visitors and almost daily walked into Concord) are mediations on human existence, society, government, and other topics, expressed with wisdom and beauty of style.
Walden offers abundant evidence of Thoreau's ability to begin with observations on a mundane incident or the minutiae of nature and then develop these observations into profound ruminations on the most fundamental human concerns. Credited with influencing Tolstoy, Gandhi, and other thinkers, the volume remains a masterpiece of philosophical reflection.
A selection of the Common Core State Standards Initiative.
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.
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From the Trade Paperback edition.
Henry David Thoreau was born July 12, 1817, in Concord, Massachusetts, where he later died on May 6, 1862. He attended Harvard University where he studied the Classics and a smattering of foreign languages. In 1845, after years of literary and emotional struggle, friend and colleague Ralph Waldo Emerson invited Thoreau to build a cabin on his land near Walden Pond, the location of which became Thoreau's inspiration.
Walden records the doctrines of transcendentalism that he lived, supported, and for which he became famous. He focuses on the concept of self-knowledge, and encourages all people to find some way to learn more about themselves and the world around them. Thoreau is remembered as a major American essayist, poet, and practical philosopher.