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Walden

Paperback Princeton Classic Editions

By (author) Henry David Thoreau, Edited by J. Lyndon Shanley, Introduction by John Updike

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  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 126mm x 202mm x 22mm | 399g
  • Publication date: 18 April 2004
  • Publication City/Country: New Jersey
  • ISBN 10: 0691096120
  • ISBN 13: 9780691096124
  • Edition: 150, Special edition
  • Edition statement: 150th Anniversary edition
  • Sales rank: 295,137

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Originally published in 1854, Walden, or Life in the Woods, is a vivid account of the time that Henry D. Thoreau lived alone in a secluded cabin at Walden Pond. It is one of the most influential and compelling books in American literature. This new paperback edition - introduced by noted American writer John Updike - celebrates the 150th anniversary of this classic work. Much of Walden's material is derived from Thoreau's journals and contains such engaging pieces as "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. For the student and for the general reader, this is the ideal presentation of Thoreau's great document of social criticism and dissent.

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John Updike is a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, short story writer, and poet, internationally known for his novels "Rabbit, Run" (1960), "Rabbit Redux" (1971), "Rabbit is Rich" (1981), and "Rabbit at Rest" (1990). He lives in rural Massachusetts.

Review quote

"Each [volume] is preceded by a substantive, lively and idiosyncratic essay... Together, the essays are a mini-course in Thoreau and the trends he launched in American thought."--Nancy Szokan, Washington Post Book World

Table of contents

Introduction by John Updike Economy 3 Where I Lived, and What I lived For 81 Reading 99 Sounds 111 Solitude 129 Visitors 140 The Bean-Field 155 The Village 167 The Ponds 173 Baker farm 201 Higher Laws 210 Brute Neighbors 223 House-Warming 238 Former Inhabitants; and Winter Visitors 256 Winter Animals 271 The Pond in Winter 282 Spring 299 Conclusion 320 Index by Paul O. Williams 335