WALDEN or Life in the Woods (Wisehouse Classics Edition)

WALDEN or Life in the Woods (Wisehouse Classics Edition)

by Henry David Thoreau
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WALDEN or Life in the Woods (Wisehouse Classics Edition) by Henry David Thoreau

WALDEN or, Life in the Woods, by noted transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau, is a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings. The work is part personal declaration of independence, social experiment, voyage of spiritual discovery, satire, and manual for self-reliance. First published in 1854, it details Thoreau's experiences over the course of two years, two months, and two days in a cabin he built near Walden Pond, amidst woodland owned by his friend and mentor Ralph Waldo Emerson, near Concord, Massachusetts. The book compresses the time into a single calendar year and uses passages of four seasons to symbolize human development.

By immersing himself in nature, Thoreau hoped to gain a more objective understanding of society through personal introspection. Simple living and self-sufficiency were Thoreau's other goals, and the whole project was inspired by transcendentalist philosophy, a central theme of the American Romantic Period. As Thoreau made clear in his book, his cabin was not in wilderness but at the edge of town, about two miles (3 km) from his family home.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789176372043
Publisher: Wisehouse
Publication date: 01/15/2016
Pages: 184
Sales rank: 112,371
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.42(d)

About the Author

Massachusetts native Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) was a leading member of the American Transcendentalist movement, whose faith in nature was tested while Thoreau lived in a homemade hut at Walden Pond between 1845 and 1847. While there, Thoreau worked on the two books published in his lifetime: Walden and A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers. The Maine Woods, Cape Cod, Excursions, and other works were published posthumously.

Date of Birth:

July 12, 1817

Date of Death:

May 6, 1862

Place of Birth:

Concord, Massachusetts

Place of Death:

Concord, Massachusetts

Education:

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

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WALDEN or Life in the Woods (Wisehouse Classics Edition) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Walden, by Henry David Thoreau ~ a thoughtfully written, thought-provoking treatise of nature. And man. Written in the 1840s... with much of relevance to ponder now. Beautiful book!
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