Walden, Or, A Life in the Woods

Walden, Or, A Life in the Woods

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Now featuring an Introduction by Don Henley, founder of 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. Proceeds from the sales of the book will be donated to the Walden Woods Project.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2004.
Edition: The 150th anniversary illustrated ed.
ISBN: 9780618457175
0618457178
9780486284958
Call Number: 508.09 THOREAU
Characteristics: p. ; cm.
Subjects: Thoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862 -- Homes and haunts -- Massachusetts -- Walden Woods.
Walden Woods (Mass.) -- Social life and customs.
Solitude.
Authors, American -- 19th century -- Biography.
Natural history -- Massachusetts -- Walden Woods.
Wilderness areas -- Massachusetts -- Walden Woods.
Additional Contributors: Miller, Scot
Walden Woods Project
Alternative Title: Life in the woods

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VaughanPLSarahN Feb 07, 2017

Walden was not what I expected. I was looking for the story of a man who had decided to live outside society for two years. Instead, I found an essay about how economical and practical it is to do as he did.
I think I would have liked the book better if it was about Thoreau's reflective journey to the conclusions he reached rather than about how clever he finds himself to be and how he'd been right all along.

Cynthia_N Aug 31, 2016

The first half of this book was not pleasant to read. Thoreau was sharing his opinions on the ways other people live their lives and honestly at times I disliked the author. The book did take a turn for the better about halfway through when he started talking about living in the woods. I did end up really enjoying the book.

deleuzerimbaud Oct 13, 2013

Excellent. I own it but have not rushed to finish it due to other reading obligations, however it is the totem of reflection, with richer detail than most contemporary fiction.

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