Walden, or Life in the Woods

Walden, or Life in the Woods

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Walden, or Life in the Woods by Henry David Thoreau, Henry David Thoreau

In 1845 Henry David Thoreau left his pencil-manufacturing business and began building a cabin on the shore of Walden Pond near Concord, Massachusetts. This lyrical yet practical-minded book is at once a record of the 26 months Thoreau spent in withdrawal from society — an account of the daily minutiae of building, planting, hunting, cooking, and, always, observing nature — and a declaration of independence from the oppressive mores of the world he left behind. Elegant, witty, and quietly searching, Walden remains the most persuasive American argument for simplicity of life clarity of conscience.

For the first time, the authoritative editions of works by major American novelists, poets, scholars, and essayists collected in the hardcover volumes of The Library of America are being published singly in a series of handsome paperback books. A distinguished writer has contributed an introduction for each volume, which also includes a chronology of the author's life and career, an essay on the text, and notes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780899664668
Publisher: Buccaneer Books, Inc.
Publication date: 01/28/1983
Series: Apollo Editions Series
Edition description: Library Edition
Pages: 367
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.81(h) x 0.76(d)

About the Author

Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862) is one of the most beloved figures in American literature. He is the author of dozens of books and essays, including On Civil Disobedience, The Maine Woods, and A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers.

Date of Birth:

July 12, 1817

Date of Death:

May 6, 1862

Place of Birth:

Concord, Massachusetts

Place of Death:

Concord, Massachusetts


Concord Academy, 1828-33); Harvard University, 1837

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Walden; Or, Life in the Woods 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
First off, understand two things: a) Thoreau wrote this over 150 years ago, and so neither the prose nor the pacing conforms to late-20th-century expectations. b) the man hits on many concepts that STILL provoke heated debate 150 years later! This book identifies important currents in American life... our love/hate relationship with the environment; our willingness to stick our nose into other peoples' problems, telling them how to solve them - yet blithely ignoring our own problems; and the all-consuming need for money. If you want to read a book that encourages Americans to sit back and think seriously about how we live our lives, then this is a great place to start - as long as you note the caveat up top!
manirul01 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy it
Joyfulsparrow More than 1 year ago
I have a hardcopy, paperback and now a digital copy. I think everyone would benefit from reading this book. I get lost in this book for hours at a time. I always want Thoreau with me! This book is full of wisdom. Living a life as close to Thoreau's as possible makes his words hit close to home for me. Simplify, Simplify!
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Book arrived very quickly and in great shape. An awesome buy.
Bill7 More than 1 year ago
This is the ultimate classic of political philosophy. Thank you for making a low cost Nook edition.
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jcady More than 1 year ago
Walden is a classic... but someone screwed up on the description of this book. The webpage says that this is a work about the Russian revolution????
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Extremely boring novel that might put you to sleep.