Walden: An Annotated Edition

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1995 - Literary Collections - 338 pages
On July 4, 1845, Henry David Thoreau moved into the cabin he had built on the shore of Walden Pond. Now, on the 150th anniversary of that event, Houghton Mifflin is proud to publish an exceptional new edition of what is perhaps the most important book in our history as a publisher. Walden: An Annotated Edition features the definitive text of the book with extensive notes on Thoreau's life and times by the distinguished biographer and critic Walter Harding. In the third chapter, Thoreau writes, "How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book?" For many readers, Walden is that book. Written a century and a half ago, it grows more meaningful every day, and whether you are reading it for the first time or the hundredth, Walter Harding's insightful comments will open your eyes to the true depths of this masterpiece.
 

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One of the Top Ten American Classics (in my opinion) in league with Twain, Hemmingway, et al. Simplify, simplify. We are still leading lives of "Quiet Desperation" and that means Henry has ideas you can apply today. Henry writes of living in a shack beside a beautiful lake. He did not have even a "Condo" on the but a shack. Why, oh why, is it considered a great thing to chop down wild things and build Condos and stuff ... This and other questions are posed in Walden. You can study the writing style. I have. He writes like a rock falling from your hand. You can dip into the book at random and just ponder a sentence or paragraph. A great book by any measure, and, like I say, his ideas can be applied today.  

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Contents

Economy
1
Where I Lived and What I Lived For
78
Reading
96
Sounds
108
Solitude
126
Visitors
136
The BeanField
151
The Village
163
Higher Laws
205
Brute Neighbors
218
HouseWarming
232
Former Inhabitants and Winter Visitors
249
Winter Animals
264
The Pond in Winter
275
Spring
291
Conclusion
311

The Ponds
169
Baker Farm
196

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About the author (1995)

Henry David Thoreau was born in Concord, MA in 1817, and is best know for his influential work, Walden, which was published by Ticknor & Fields in 1854.

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