The Wildest Country: Exploring Thoreau's Maine
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The Wildest Country: Exploring Thoreau's Maine

by J. Parker Huber
     
 

Back in print by popular demand, this fully updated and revised edition of The Wildest Country: A Guide to Thoreau's Maine follows the famed naturalist Henry David Thoreau's sojourns in Maine and offers modern commentary on how the route has changed. Drawing on Thoreau's faithfully recorded itineraries in his classic book The Maine Woods, author J. Parker Huber

Overview

Back in print by popular demand, this fully updated and revised edition of The Wildest Country: A Guide to Thoreau's Maine follows the famed naturalist Henry David Thoreau's sojourns in Maine and offers modern commentary on how the route has changed. Drawing on Thoreau's faithfully recorded itineraries in his classic book The Maine Woods, author J. Parker Huber provides comprehensive color maps and summaries of Thoreau's travels. Huber artfully organizes these excursions into one grand tour of Maine's most impressive scenery. From Moosehead Lake to Katahdin, returning to Bangor down the Penobscot River, today's traveler can trace these routes for an hour, a day, or several weeks. Throughout, The Wildest Country is illuminated with Thoreau's distinctive observations of his natural surroundings and his fellow man: his delight in the illusive laughing loons; his sampling of indigenous tea substitutes; and his pact with Indian guide Joe Polis to exchange every bit of knowledge each possessed—within 11 days. This beautiful edition, illustrated with beautiful color and historic black-and-white photographs, is the perfect choice to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the publication of The Maine Woods, first published in Boston in 1864.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"In an age of utter environmental chaos . . . there's something incredibly calming about being able still to follow Thoreau's journey—to be able to follow it literally, along the new Thoreau-Wabanaki canoe trail, through the cool shade of the pines hugging the shorelines. And to be able to follow it spiritually, through the lens of his remarkable mind. . . . You could ask for no better guides than Huber and Thoreau." —Bill McKibben, from the Foreword

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781934028094
Publisher:
Appalachian Mountain Club Books MA
Publication date:
05/01/2008
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
1,186,776
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author

J. Parker Huber has been following Thoreau throughout New England since 1974. He is the editor of Elevating Ourselves: Thoreau on Mountains (Houghton Mifflin, 1999) and author of A Wanderer All My Days: John Muir in New England (Green Frigate Books, 2007).

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