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Walden Pond: A History
     

Walden Pond: A History

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by W. Barksdale Maynard
 

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ISBN-10: 0195168410

ISBN-13: 9780195168419

Pub. Date: 02/12/2004

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Perhaps no other natural setting has as much literary, spiritual, and environmental significance for Americans as Walden Pond. Some 700,000 people visit the pond annually, and countless others journey to Walden in their mind, to contemplate the man who lived there and what the place means to us today.
Here is the first history of the Massachusetts pond Thoreau

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Perhaps no other natural setting has as much literary, spiritual, and environmental significance for Americans as Walden Pond. Some 700,000 people visit the pond annually, and countless others journey to Walden in their mind, to contemplate the man who lived there and what the place means to us today.
Here is the first history of the Massachusetts pond Thoreau made famous 150 years ago. W. Barksdale Maynard offers a lively and comprehensive account of Walden Pond from the early nineteenth century to the present. From Thoreau's first visit at age 4 in 1821—"That woodland vision for a long time made the drapery of my dreams"—to present day efforts both to conserve the pond and allow public access, Maynard captures Walden Pond's history and the role it has played in social, cultural, literary, and environmental movements in America. Along the way Maynard details the geography of the pond; Thoreau's and Emerson's experiences of Walden over their lifetimes; the development of the cult of Thoreau and the growth of the pond as a site of literary and spiritual pilgrimages; rock star Don Henley's Walden Woods Project and the much publicized battle to protect the pond from developers in the 1980s; and the vitally important ecological symbol Walden Pond has become today.
Exhaustively researched, vividly written, and illustrated with historical photographs and the most detailed maps of Thoreau country yet created, Walden Pond: A History reveals the many ways an ordinary pond has come to be such an extraordinarily inspiring symbol.

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ISBN-13:
9780195168419
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
02/12/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.20(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

List of Mapsvi
Preface and Acknowledgmentsvii
1In Morning Time1
2Visited at All Seasons (1821-1834)15
3Intellectual Grove (1835-1844)29
4Far Off As I Lived (1845-1847)63
5Viewed from a Hilltop (1848-1854)95
6Walden Wood Was My Forest Walk (1855-1861)121
7All Honest Pilgrims (1862-1882)153
8Thoreau's Country (1883-1921)191
9Walden Breezes (1922-1959)229
10In These Days of Confusion and Turmoil (1960-1989)265
11walden.org (1990-2003)301
Abbreviations335
Notes337
Bibliography363
Index389

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Walden Pond: A History 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I know a good deal about Walden Pond and Walden Woods as a result of many years of personal research. I never thought that anyone would be able to bring together, between the covers of one book, the astonishing amount of information Barksdale Maynard has compiled and integrated in this scrupulously researched and well written book. He has brought together facts from all sorts of sources: newspapers and magazines, books, unpublished letters and diaries, eyewitness interviews, videos, radio broadcasts, maps, and so forth. There are fifty pages of endnotes and bibliography--over 500 of each. I am in awe at what he has been able to do. (Wish I could have done it!) Anyone interested in historic preservation, nature conservation, human nature, grassroots activism, literature, or (most important) Thoreau and Walden itself will enjoy this book. It has lots of information, yet it reads easily and has a good 'story line': how and why Walden has become the symbol it is and what people have done to protect it. The hero of heroes is Don Henley of The Eagles. There are lots of other people--heroes, villains, oddballs, famous people (Emerson, the Alcotts, John Muir, Walt Whitman, the Kennedys, the Clintons, and many others). I recommend the book highly.