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Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers
     

Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers

by Henry Thoreau
 
Henry D. Thoreau's classic A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers is published now as a 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,

Overview

Henry D. Thoreau's classic A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers is published now as a 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442939684
Publisher:
ReadHowYouWant
Publication date:
07/13/2009
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
521 KB

Meet the Author

John McPhee is the author of twenty-five books, including "The Control of Nature, Irons in the Fire", and "Annals of the Former World", for which he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1999.

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