Walden: An Annotated Edition
Published in association with the Walden Woods Project, this beautiful commemorative edition of Thoreau's masterpiece features spectacular color photographs that capture Walden as vividly as Thoreau's words do.
Henry David Thoreau was just a few days short of his twenty-eighth birthday when he built a cabin on the shore of Walden Pond and began one of the most famous experiments in living in American history. Originally he was not, apparently, intending to write a book about his life at the pond, but nine years later, in August of 1854, Houghton Mifflin's predecessor, Ticknor and Fields, published Walden; or, a Life in the Woods. At the time the book was largely ignored, and it took five years to sell out the first printing of two thousand copies. It was not until 1862, the year of Thoreau's death, that the book was brought back into print, and it has never been out of print since. Published in hundreds of editions and translated into virtually every modern language, it has become one of the most widely read and influential books ever written.
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One of the Top Ten American Classics (in my opinion) in league with Twain, Hemmingway, et al. Simplify, simplify. We are still leading lives of "Quiet Desperation" and that means Henry has ideas you can apply today. Henry writes of living in a shack beside a beautiful lake. He did not have even a "Condo" on the but a shack. Why, oh why, is it considered a great thing to chop down wild things and build Condos and stuff ... This and other questions are posed in Walden. You can study the writing style. I have. He writes like a rock falling from your hand. You can dip into the book at random and just ponder a sentence or paragraph. A great book by any measure, and, like I say, his ideas can be applied today.
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Former Inhabitants and Winter Visitors
The Pond in Winter