Walden, Civil Disobedience, and Other Writings / Edition 3

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This revised and expanded Third Edition adds three important post-Walden essays, "Slavery in Massachusetts," "Walking," and "Wild Apples," bringing the full scope of Thoreau's mature powers to twenty-first-century readers. The texts are accompanied by explanatory annotations, Thoreau's survey of Walden Pond, and the 1852 Walling map of Concord village and its environs.
As a unique feature, the Third Edition includes generous excerpts from Thoreau's journal, reprinted by special arrangements with Princeton University Press from the definitive edition of his writings. Spanning the years 1845-54, these selections vividly display Thoreau's intensive exploration of his local landscape; the fusion of literary and natural history field work that informs Walden, "Walking," and "Wild Apples"; and the growth of his environmental imagination.
“Reviews and Posthumous Assessments” for this edition collects eight new reviews of Thoreau's antislavery and late environmental essays as well as of Walden. To the influential portraits of Thoreau by Ralph Waldo Emerson and James Russell Lowell, the Third Edition adds John Burroughs's "Another Word on Thoreau," his response to them and to his great predecessor.
”Recent Criticism” includes eighteen selections of the best historical, political, philosophical, poststructuralist, and environmental criticism of Thoreau's writing since the mid-twentieth century. To classic pieces by E. B. White, Leo Marx, Barbara Johnson, and Stanley Cavell, the Third Edition adds essays by nine new contributors, among them Laurence Buell, Laura Dassow Walls, Evan Carton, Robert A. Gross, Albert J. von Frank, Steven Fink, and William Rossi.
A Chronology of Thoreau's life and work, new to the Third Edition, and an expanded and updated Selected Bibliography are also included.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393930900
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/19/2007
  • Series: Norton Critical Editions Series
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 200,611
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

William Rossi is Associate Professor of English at the University of Oregon. He is the editor of Wild Apples and Other Natural History Essays, co-editor of Henry D. Thoreau, Journal 3: 1848–1851 and Journal 6 (Princeton University Press), and author of numerous articles on American literature.

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Table of Contents

Map of Thoreau's Concord

The Texts of Walden, Civil Disobedience, and Other Writings

Walden 5

Map of Walden Pond 193

Textual Appendix to Walden 225

Other Writings

Civil Disobedience 227

Slavery in Massachusetts 247

Walking 260

Wild Apples 288


The Journal and Walden 313

Selections from the Journal, 1845-54 319

Reviews and Posthumous Assessments

Review of Walden 380

Review of Walden 381

Review of Walden Gamaliel Bailey Bailey, Gamaliel 382

Review of Walden Elizabeth Barstow Stoddard Stoddard, Elizabeth Barstow 383

A Yankee Diogenes Charles Frederick Briggs Briggs, Charles Frederick 384

Review of Walden 387

Review of A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers and Walden Lydia Maria Child? Child?, Lydia Maria 388

Review of Walden George Eliot Eliot, George 390

Review of Excursions 391

Review of Excursions 392

Review of Excursions 393

Review of A Yankee in Canada, with Anti-Slavery and Reform Papers 393

Review of A Yankee in Canada, with Anti-Slavery and Reform Papers Sidney H. Morse Morse, Sidney H. 394

Thoreau Ralph Waldo Emerson Emerson, Ralph Waldo 394

Thoreau James Russell Lowell Lowell, James Russell 410

Another Word on Thoreau John Burroughs Burroughs, John 418

Modern Criticism


Walden: Craftsmanship vs. Technique F. O. Matthiessen Matthiessen, F. O. 433

Walden - 1954 E. B. White White, E. B. 442

Walden's Transcendental Pastoral Design Leo Marx Marx, Leo 450

Captivity and Despair in Walden and "Civil Disobedience" Stanley Cavell Cavell, Stanley 465

A Hound, a Bay Horse, and a Turtle Dove: Obscurity in Walden Barbara Johnson Johnson, Barbara 482

The Remaking of Walden Robert SattelmeyerSattelmeyer, Robert 489

The Worlding of Walden H. Daniel Peck Peck, H. Daniel 507

Walden as Feminist Manifesto Laura Dassow Walls Walls, Laura Dassow 521

Thoreau and the Natural Environment Lawrence Buell Buell, Lawrence 527

"Civil Disobedience" and "Slavery in Massachusetts"

Thoreau's Politics of the Upright Man Richard Drinnon Drinnon, Richard 544

Thoreau's Narrative Art in "Civil Disobedience" Barry Wood Wood, Barry 556

The Price of Privilege: "Civil Disobedience" at 150 Evan Carton Carton, Evan 564

Quiet War with the State: Henry Thoreau and Civil Disobedience Robert A. Gross Gross, Robert A. 572

Fourth of July Albert J. von Frank von Frank, Albert J. 586

"Walking" and "Wild Apples"

"The Limits of an Afternoon Walk": Coleridgean Polarity in Thoreau's "Walking" William Rossi Rossi, William 596

Thoreau's Gramatica Parda: Conjugating Race and Nature Neill Matheson Matheson, Neill 613

The Language of Prophecy: Thoreau's "Wild Apples" Steven Fink Fink, Steven 632

Capitalism and Community in Walden and Wild Fruits Lance Newman Newman, Lance 645

Henry D. Thoreau: A Chronology 661

Selected Bibliography 667

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