Excursions

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Anthem Press, 2007 - History - 205 pages
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A selection of ruminative nature writing on walking and the beauty of New England, here Thoreau's characteristically wide-ranging and philosophical style offers a multitude of fascinating observations. Excursions presents Thoreau's most studied and expansive collection of writing on the natural world. An early advocate of conservationism, he discusses here, in mesmerising prose, the complex but essential relationship between man and nature. This edition includes a remarkable Biographical Sketch by Thoreau's great contemporary and mentor Ralph Waldo Emerson.

This choice collection of Thoreau's nature writing includes the essays 'The Succession of Forest Trees', 'Walking', and 'Autumnal Tints' - each one an explorative reach into the heart of the natural world. Thoreau's travels through the woods of New England are not only physical journeys through some of the most awe-inspiring landscapes in America but also spiritual excursions of the mind.

 

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Contents

Foreword by Jeffrey S Cramer i ix
21
A Walk to Wachusett
45
The Landlord
63
The Succession of Forest Trees
89
Walking
105
Autumnal Tints
139
Wild Apples t i
171
Night and Moonlight
197
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Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) was a pioneering author, naturalist, transcendentalist, tax resister, development critic, and philosopher. His most celebrated works include 'Walden' and 'Civil Disobedience'.

Jeffrey S. Cramer is curator of collections for The Thoreau Institute at Walden Woods and the editor of 'Walden: A Fully Annotated Edition' and 'What I Lived For: The Annotated Selected Journals of Henry D. Thoreau', both published by Yale University Press.

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