Walden: Or, Life in the Woods

Walden: Or, Life in the Woods

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On July 4, 1845, Henry David Thoreau moved into the cabin he had built on the shore of Walden Pond, thus beginning the most famous experiment in simple living in American history. On the 150th anniversary of that event, Houghton Mifflin, successor to Thoreau's original publisher, is proud to publish a new edition of Walden, annotated by the distinguished Thoreau scholar Walter Harding and illustrated with Thoreau's own drawings. Even those who have read Walden many times will find much that is new in this edition, and those reading the book for the first time will discover why it has changed the lives of generations of readers.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 131 x 210 x 14mm | 175g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0486284956
  • 9780486284958
  • 4,533

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Nature was a form of religion for naturalist, essayist, and early environmentalist Henry David Thoreau (1817 62). In communing with the natural world, he wished to "live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and learn what it had to teach." Toward that end Thoreau built a cabin in the spring of 1845 on the shores of Walden Pond on land owned by Ralph Waldo Emerson outside Concord, Massachusetts. There he observed nature, farmed, built fences, surveyed, and wrote in his journal.
One product of his two-year sojourn was this book a great classic of American letters. Interwoven with accounts of Thoreau's daily life (he received visitors and almost daily walked into Concord) are mediations on human existence, society, government, and other topics, expressed with wisdom and beauty of style.
Walden offers abundant evidence of Thoreau's ability to begin with observations on a mundane incident or the minutiae of nature and then develop these observations into profound ruminations on the most fundamental human concerns. Credited with influencing Tolstoy, Gandhi, and other thinkers, the volume remains a masterpiece of philosophical reflection."
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About Henry David Thoreau

Henry D. Thoreau, geb. 12. Juli 1817 in Concord/Massachusetts, gest. 6. Mai 1862 ebd. und begraben dort im Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Sohn eines Bleistiftfabrikanten hugenottischer Abstammung, Literat, Naturforscher, Landvermesser, war ein Entdecker, der zu Hause blieb, sein Ich erforschte und das Heimatstädtchen nie länger als für ein 4jähriges Studium in Harvard verließ. Quittiert seine Lehrerstelle, weil er sich weigert, die 'körperliche Züchtigung' anzuwenden; Freundschaft mit Ralph Waldo Emerson, auf dessen Waldstück am Waldensee er 1845 in einer selbstgebauten Hütte lebt; aus dem Tagebuch entsteht 'Walden'. Auf dem Weg ins Städtchen wird er verhaftet, weil er aus Protest gegen die US-Kriegs- und Sklavenpolitik keine Steuern bezahlt hat; konzipiert im Gefängnis 'Über die Pflicht zum Ungehorsam gegen den Staat'. Tod an Tuberkulose.
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Ok, i have to say i'm not english, i read many books in english: Melville, Bierce, London, Milton, Twain, Shelley, Byron etc... Most of them are classics; but still this book has been my nightmare for 2 months, the hardest thing i've ever tried to translate. The book itself is great, and i liked it a lot, but jesus if it is hard.show more
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