Walden by Henry David ThoreauWalden by Henry David Thoreau


byHenry David ThoreauEditorStephen Allen Fender

Paperback | December 13, 2008


`The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation' In 1845 Henry David Thoreau left his home town of Concord, Massachusetts to begin a new life alone, in a rough hut he built himself a mile and a half away on the north-west shore of Walden Pond. Walden is Thoreau's classic autobiographical account of this experiment in solitary living, his refusalto play by the rules of hard work and the accumulation of wealth and above all the freedom it gave him to adapt his living to the natural world around him. This new edition of Walden traces the sources of Thoreau's reading and thinking and considers the author in the context of his birthplace and his sense of its history - social, economic and natural. In addition, an ecological appendix provides modern identifications of the myriad plants andanimals to which Thoreau gave increasingly close attention as he became acclimatized to his life in the woods by Walden Pond.
Stephen Allen Fender is Professor of American Studies and Director of the Graduate Research Centre in the Humanities, School of English and American Studies at the University of Sussex. His books include Plotting the Golden West: American Literature and the Rhetoric of the California Trail and Sea Changes: British Emigration and Ameri...
Title:WaldenFormat:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.79 inPublished:December 13, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199538069

ISBN - 13:9780199538065

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Spiritual Classic Walden is the book I read at the beginning of every summer. I have been doing that since I first read it at the tender age of nineteen, having thus read it thirteen times. It is a marvelous piece of work, falling somewhere between personal journal, and philosophical treatise, sprinkled with a healthy dose of spirituality. It is not an easy read, but once the reader gets into the rhythm of the prose, s/he should find it comfortable enough to keep going. It is not an effortless book, but it is one that will grow with each subsequent read. It is full of little bits of advice on how to live a meaningful life that is not tied to wealth and material things, and one that is full of spiritual meaning. However, it is not preachy and does not attack social problems from a Judeo-Christian point of view, but rather applies a universally applicable set of morality to a healthy life. I cannot recommend this book enough.
Date published: 2008-01-19