Reimagining Thoreau by Robert MilderReimagining Thoreau by Robert Milder

Reimagining Thoreau

byRobert Milder

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Reimagining Thoreau synthesizes the interests of the intellectual and psychological biographer and the literary critic in a reconsideration of Thoreau's literary career. The aims of the book are, first, to situate Thoreau's aims and achievements as a writer within the context of his troubled relationship to the microcosm of antebellum Concord; second, to reinterpret Walden as a temporally layered text in light of the successive drafts of the book and the evidence of Thoreau's journals and contemporaneous writings; and third, to overturn traditional views of Thoreau's "decline" by offering a new estimate of the post-Walden writing and its place within his development.

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Title:Reimagining ThoreauFormat:PaperbackDimensions:260 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.59 inPublished:July 10, 2008Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521068363

ISBN - 13:9780521068369

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Table of Contents

Part I. 1837-1849: 1. 'A False Position in Society'; 2. 'Under the Eyelids of Time': A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers; Part II. 1845-1854: 1. Disconstructing Walden; 2. Walden and the Rhetoric of Ascent; 3. Interregnum (1849-1852); 4. Defying Gravity; Part III. 1854-1862: 1. 'A Point of Interest Somewhere Between' (1854-57); 2. 'Annexing New Territories' (1857-1862).

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"...his analysis is often compelling....Valuable as psychosocial literary history for the intricate record it traces, for the discontinuities it exposes in Thoreau's self-constructions, and especially for the temporal layering it describes in Walden..." ESQ