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Henry David Thoreau : Walden; Or, Life in the Woods (Dover Thrift Editions)

Author: Henry David Thoreau
Title: Walden; Or, Life in the Woods (Dover Thrift Editions)
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Published in: English
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Date: 1995-04-12
ISBN: 0486284956
Publisher: Dover Publications
Weight: 0.79 pounds
Size: 5.25 x 0.75 x 8.25 inches
Edition: Unabridged
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Nature was a form of religion for naturalist, essayist, and early environmentalist Henry David Thoreau (1817–62). In communing with the natural world, he wished to "live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and … learn what it had to teach." Toward that end Thoreau built a cabin in the spring of 1845 on the shores of Walden Pond — on land owned by Ralph Waldo Emerson — outside Concord, Massachusetts. There he observed nature, farmed, built fences, surveyed, and wrote in his journal.
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.

Reviews: Brittany (USA: PA) (2010/05/06):
I had to read this book for my senior AP lit class. It was a terribly boring read.

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