The Economist: Henry Thoreau and Enterprise

Hardcover | May 1, 1995

byLeonard N. Neufeldt

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This major study brings to light Thoreau's relation to the complex economic discourse of his time and place. Specifically, it examines the impact of transformations in economic thinking and behavior that occurred in antebellum New England and America; these transformations at the level oflanguage; and Thoreau's awareness of these transformations. Neufeldt situates Thoreau in significant economic conditions of his time, investigating how these conditions contained him even as he sought to contain them. Using Walden and "Life without Principle," as main examples, the book considersthe questions of why and how Thoreau, who was very much shaped by his culture and its conventions, also contested the limitations of those conventions and used his condition to transform some of them. Thoreau's identity as a literary artist who regarded his writing as his cultural vocation is at thecenter of the discussion.

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This major study brings to light Thoreau's relation to the complex economic discourse of his time and place. Specifically, it examines the impact of transformations in economic thinking and behavior that occurred in antebellum New England and America; these transformations at the level oflanguage; and Thoreau's awareness of these trans...

Leonard N. Neufeldt is at Purdue University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:232 pages, 8.54 × 5.75 × 0.94 inPublished:May 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195057899

ISBN - 13:9780195057898

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"Neufeldt is moving Thoreau studies in important new directions....Impressive in showing how Thoreau was influenced and shaped by his culture and hwo he rejected or contested many aspects of that culture....This sophisticated and elegant work is thoroughly researched and well indexed. Highlyrecommended for undergraduate and graduate literary collections."--Choice