Walden, Or Life In The Woods by Henry David Thoreau


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Henry David Thoreau's classic work. First published in 1854, Walden is an account of Thoreau's experiences over two years, two months, and two days in a cabin he built by Walden Pond, in the woods near Concord, Massachusetts, owned by Ralph Waldo Emerson. 

“Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth.”

“Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.”

'In the early 1850s, Thoreau underwent an intellectual reorientation that can be described as a conversion from poet-philosopher to naturalist-scientist. He devoted effort to his Journal as a record of nature observation during his daily hikes. The gathering and organization of the particular facts of natural history gradually became his principal task until his death in 1862... The recent discovery that Thoreau's seasonal records could serve as a source for the scientific measurement of climate change has brought a new attention to the value of his later natural history investigations, showing him as a naturalist fully in step with the developments of 19th-century science..
Thoreau’s career as a writer and lecturer centered on nature but also included influential writings on ethics, politics, and religion. All these works were grounded in the transcendentalism espoused by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, Amos Bronson Alcott, and other members of this reform movement, which emerged in 1830s New England. Because of Emerson’s influence, and his continuing interest in Romantic literature, Thoreau’s naturalist and scientific studies are closely intertwined with his spiritual, ethical, and political thinking. '
(Robinson, 2004)

London: George G. Harrap & Company, The Riverside Press, c1910. Hardcover. 5 x 7 inches. 449pp. 4 b & w plates. With an Introductory & Notes by Frances H. Allen. Publishers leather boards with Walden engraving, water and sky in gold, gilt title to front and spine, edges worn, small tear to bottom of title page, some pencil annotations throughout, an excellent copy.

David M. Robinson, 2004. "Henry David Thoreau", Oxford Bibliographies. Online.