Walden

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Collector's Library, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 360 pages
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Henry David Thoreau, along with Poe, Emerson, Whitman, and Hawthorne, is considered one of the leading figures in early American literature. And Walden is without a doubt his most enduring work. A philosophical meditation on man, society, and nature that has influenced generations of readers, it was inspired by Thoreau's attempt to live in solitude on Walden Pond, near Concord, Massachusetts. Thoreau's wooden shack, built by himself and a few friends, has won a place for itself in the collective American psyche. The world's greatest works of literature are now available in these beautiful keepsake volumes. Bound in real cloth, and featuring gilt edges and ribbon markers, these beautifully produced books are a wonderful way to build a handsome library of classic literature. These are the essential novels that belong in every home. They'll transport readers to imaginary worlds and provide excitement, entertainment, and enlightenment for years to come. All of these novels feature attractive illustrations and have an unequalled period feel that will grace the library, the bedside table or bureau.
 

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I got 100 pages in and wanted to stick my head in a vat of boiling water. I HATED this book. I really hated it. How can one man talk so much shite about absolutely nothing? It honestly made me want to ... Read full review

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There's no doubt about it, Henry David Thoreau was a very interesting man. An artist, a philosopher, an intellectual. I mean, he went into the woods and lived in a cabin for two years. He built the ... Read full review

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Contents

Economy
7
Where I Lived and What I Lived For
87
Reading
107
Sounds
119
Solitude
138
Visitors
149
The Beanfield
165
The Village
178
Brute Neighbours
237
HouseWarming
252
Partner Inhabitants and Winter Visitors
270
Winter Animals
285
The Pond in Winter
297
Spring
315
Conclusion
337
Afterword
353

The Ponds
185
Baker Farm
214
Higher Laws
223
Further Reading
360
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Henry Thoreau was born in Concord, Massachusetts, in 1817, and attended Concord Academy and Harvard. After a short time spent as a teacher, he worked as a surveyor and a handyman, sometimes employed by Ralph Waldo Emerson. Between 1845 and 1847 Thoreau lived in a house he had made himself on Emerson's property near to Walden Pond. During this period he completed A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers and wrote the first draft of Walden, the book that is generally judged to be his masterpiece. He died of tuberculosis in 1862, and much of his writing was published posthumously.

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