- Publisher: Yale University Press
- Format: Hardback | 352 pages
- Dimensions: 201mm x 229mm x 33mm | 794g
- Publication date: 14 September 2004
- Publication City/Country: New Haven
- ISBN 10: 0300104669
- ISBN 13: 9780300104660
- Edition: Revised
- Edition statement: Revised edition
- Illustrations note: 6ill.
- Sales rank: 122,186
This is the authoritative edition of an American literaru classic: Henry David Thoreau's Walden, an elegantly written record of his experiment in simple living. With this edition, Thoreau scholar Jeffrey S. Cramer has meticulously corrected errors and omissions from previous editions of Walden and here provides illuminating notes on the biographical, historical, and geographical contexts of the great nineteenth-century writer and thinker's life. Cramer's newly edited text is based on the original 1854 edition of Walden, with emendations taken from Thoreau's draft manuscripts, his own markings on the page proofs, and notes in his personal copy of the book. In the editor's notes to the volume, Cramer quotes from sources Thoreau actually read, showing how he used, interpreted, and altered these sources. Cramer also glosses Walden with references to Thoreau's essays, journals, and correspondence. With the wealth of material in this edition, readers will find an unprecedented opportunity to immerse themselves in the unique and fascinating world of Thoreau. Anyone who has read and loved Walden will want to own and treasure this gift edition. Those wishing to read Walden for the first time will not find a better guide than Jeffrey S. Cramer.
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Jeffrey S. Cramer is curator of collections, The Thoreau Institute at Walden Woods. He is the editor of Thoreau on Freedom: Attending to Man: Selected Writings of Henry David Thoreau.
"There is nothing like this-within the covers of one book-in the world of Thoreau scholarship. The book is fascinating ... accurate and minute in its scholarship. It amounts to a Thoreau encyclopedia in one volume!"-Joel Porte, author of Consciousness and Culture: Emerson and Thoreau Reviewed "Cramer's notes are immensely useful. His edition of Walden will be a boon to ordinary readers and scholars alike."-Denis Donoghue, author of Speaking of Beauty "Thoreau's masterpiece-here freshly refurbished by Jeffrey S. Cramer-speaks to our material and spiritual condition as powerfully as on the day it first appeared. Now, more than ever, Walden is our indispensable American book."-Alan D. Hodder, professor of comparative religion, Hampshire College -- Alan D. Hodder "Jeffrey Cramer's Walden is the most accurate and readable text of Thoreau's masterpiece. Cramer's version now replaces all other available editions of Walden as the most attractive and reliable way to approach this great American book."-Joel Porte, author of Consciousness and Culture: Emerson and Thoreau Reviewed -- Joel Porte "Anyone who reads Thoreau in editions annotated by the great Jeffrey S. Cramer ... will know everything there is to know about Thoreau and (amazingly) have a fun time learning it."-Sarah Payne Stuart, author of Perfectly Miserable: Guilt, God, and Real Estate in a Small Town -- Sarah Payne Stuart