Walden: 150th Anniversary Edition (Paperback)

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Walden: 150th Anniversary Edition By Henry David Thoreau, J. Lyndon Shanley (Editor), John Updike (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Henry David Thoreau, J. Lyndon Shanley (Editor), John Updike (Introduction by)
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If you haven't picked up Walden since you were in high school or in college, I urge you to do so. Walden is not merely a journal recording the two years, two months, and two days Thoreau lived beside Walden Pond, as is commonly taught. It is also a carefully considered response to Ralph Waldo Emerson's essay "The American Scholar." Thoreau demonstrates, in a manner Emerson never quite could, the ways in which the influence of both nature and books can be transformed into action.

— From Graham


One of the most influential and compelling books in American literature, Walden is a vivid account of the years that Henry D. Thoreau spent alone in a secluded cabin at Walden Pond. This edition--introduced by noted American writer John Updike--celebrates the perennial importance of a classic work, originally published in 1854. Much of Walden's material is derived from Thoreau's journals and contains such engaging pieces from the lively Where I Lived, and What I Lived For and Brute Neighbors to the serene Reading and The Pond in the Winter. Other famous sections involve Thoreau's visits with a Canadian woodcutter and with an Irish family, a trip to Concord, and a description of his bean field. This is the complete and authoritative text of Walden--as close to Thoreau's original intention as all available evidence allows.

This is the authoritative text of Walden and the ideal presentation of Thoreau's great document of social criticism and dissent.

About the Author

Henry D. Thoreau (1817-62) was an American author, naturalist, poet, and philosopher. He wrote many essays and books, including Civil Disobedience, Walking, and The Maine Woods, among others. John Updike (1932-2009) was a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, short story writer, and poet.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780691169347
ISBN-10: 0691169349
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication Date: March 22nd, 2016
Pages: 376
Language: English
Series: Writings of Henry D. Thoreau