A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers / Edition 1

A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers / Edition 1

by Henry David Thoreau
     
 

Henry D. Thoreau's classic A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers is published now as a new paperback edition and includes an introduction by noted writer John McPhee. This work--unusual for its symbolism and structure, its criticism of Christian institutions, and its many-layered storytelling--was Thoreau's first published book.In the late summer of 1839, Thoreau… See more details below

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Henry D. Thoreau's classic A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers is published now as a new paperback edition and includes an introduction by noted writer John McPhee. This work--unusual for its symbolism and structure, its criticism of Christian institutions, and its many-layered storytelling--was Thoreau's first published book.In the late summer of 1839, Thoreau and his older brother John made a two-week boat-and-hiking trip from Concord, Massachusetts, to the White Mountains of New Hampshire. After John's sudden death in 1842, Thoreau began to prepare a memorial account of their excursion. He wrote two drafts of this story at Walden Pond, which he continued to revise and expand until 1849, when he arranged for its publication at his own expense. The book's heterodoxy and apparent formlessness troubled its contemporary audience. Modern readers, however, have come to see it as an appropriate predecessor to Walden, with Thoreau's story of a river journey depicting the early years of his spiritual and artistic growth.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691118789
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
05/24/2004
Series:
Writings of Henry D. Thoreau Series
Edition description:
With a New introduction by John McPhee
Pages:
440
Sales rank:
733,404
Product dimensions:
5.02(w) x 7.92(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introductionix
Concord River5
Saturday15
Sunday43
Monday117
Tuesday179
Wednesday235
Thursday298
Friday334
Index395

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