Walden: A Fully Annotated Edition

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Yale University Press, Jan 1, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 400 pages
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The ultimate gift edition of Walden for bibliophiles, aficionados, and scholars

This is the authoritative edition of an American literary classic: Henry David Thoreau’s Walden, an elegantly written record of his experiment in simple living. With this edition, Thoreau scholar Jeffrey S. Cramer has meticulously corrected errors and omissions from previous editions of Walden and here provides illuminating notes on the biographical, historical, and geographical contexts of the great nineteenth-century writer and thinker's life.

Cramer’s newly edited text is based on the original 1854 edition of Walden, with emendations taken from Thoreau’s draft manuscripts, his own markings on the page proofs, and notes in his personal copy of the book. In the editor’s notes to the volume, Cramer quotes from sources Thoreau actually read, showing how he used, interpreted, and altered these sources. Cramer also glosses Walden with references to Thoreau’s essays, journals, and correspondence. With the wealth of material in this edition, readers will find an unprecedented opportunity to immerse themselves in the unique and fascinating world of Thoreau.

Anyone who has read and loved Walden will want to own and treasure this gift edition. Those wishing to read Walden for the first time will not find a better guide than Jeffrey S. Cramer.

 

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There are several words that come to mind when I think of Thoreau and his work, Walden. Right up front I have to say Walden is important, even necessary. Every student needs to read it at least once ... Read full review

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I feel wholly inadequate to review this wonderfully poetic and humorous account of Thoreau's two year experiment living in a shack that he build in the woods next to Walden Pond. I just finished the ... Read full review

Contents

Economy
1
Where I Lived and What I Lived For
78
Reading
97
Sounds
108
Solitude
125
Visitors
135
The BeanField
150
The Village
162
HouseWarming
228
Former Inhabitants and Winter Visitors
246
Winter Animals
262
The Pond in Winter
273
Spring
289
Conclusion
309
bibliography
327
notes on the text
335

The Ponds
168
Baker Farm
194
Higher Laws
202
Brute Neighbors
214
endofline hyphenation
341
index
345
Copyright

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About the author (2004)

Jeffrey S. Cramer is curator of collections, The Thoreau Institute at Walden Woods. He is the editor of Thoreau on Freedom: Attending to Man: Selected Writings of Henry David Thoreau.

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