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Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau was born on July 12, 1817, in Concord, Massachusetts. His father worked successively as a farmer, a grocer, and a manufacturer of pencils, and the family was frequently in difficult financial straits. After studying locally, Thoreau won admission to Harvard. When Ralph Waldo Emerson moved to Concord in 1835, Thoreau formed a close relationship with him (although the friendship would later give way to mutual criticism) and with others associated with the Transcendentalist group, including Margaret Fuller, Orestes Brownson, Bronson Alcott, Jones Very, and Theodore Parker. He worked in his father's pencil business while keeping the journals that... Read More

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The American Transcendentalists
Written by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Margaret Fuller and Nathaniel Hawthorne, Edited by Lawrence Buell
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | January 2006
$18.95/26.95(Canada) | 978-0-8129-7509-3 (0-8129-7509-X)

Transcendentalism was the first major intellectual movement in U.S. history, championing the inherent divinity of each individual, as well as the value of collective social action. In the mid-nineteenth century, the movement took off, changing how Americans thought about religion, literature, the natural world, class distinctions, the role of women, and... Read more






Cape Cod
Written by Henry David Thoreau, Introduction by Paul Theroux
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | March 1987
$16.00/20.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-017002-3 (0-14-017002-2)

Thoreau's classic account of his meditative, beach-combing walking trips to Cape Cod in the early 1850s, reflecting on the elemental forces of the sea, with an introduction by Paul Theroux

Cape Cod chronicles Henry David Thoreau’s journey of discovery along this evocative stretch of Massachusetts coastline, during which time he came to... Read more






The Illustrated Walden
Written by Henry David Thoreau
TarcherPerigee | Hardcover | October 2016
$22.00/29.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-312926-4 (0-14-312926-0)

To coincide with the bicentennial of Thoreau's birth and TarcherPerigee's publication of Expect Great Things: The Life of Henry David Thoreau, here is a sumptuous rediscovery edition of the first illustrated volume of Thoreau's classic, as originally issued in 1897.

In 1897, thirty-five years after Thoreau's death, Houghton Mifflin issued a two-volume... Read more






The Maine Woods
Written by Henry David Thoreau, Introduction by Edward Hoagland
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | September 1988
$17.00/18.50(Canada) | 978-0-14-017013-9 (0-14-017013-8)

"What a wilderness walk for a man to take alone!...Here was traveling of the old heroic kind over the unaltered face of nature." -Henry David Thoreau

Over a period of three years, Thoreau made three trips to the largely unexplored woods of Maine. He climbed mountains, paddled a canoe by moonlight, and... Read more






The Portable Thoreau
Written by Henry David Thoreau, Edited by Jeffrey S. Cramer, Introduction by Jeffrey S. Cramer
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | March 2012
$21.00/28.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-310650-0 (0-14-310650-3)

An updated edition of Thoreau's most widely read works

Self-described as "a mystic, a transcendentalist, and a natural philosopher to boot," Henry David Thoreau dedicated his life to preserving his freedom as a man and as an artist. Nature was the fountainhead of his inspiration and his refuge from what he considered... Read more






Walden
Written by Henry David Thoreau, Introduction by Verlyn Klinkenborg
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | January 1993
$21.00/25.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-41896-2 (0-679-41896-2)

 

By virtue of its casual, off-handedly brilliant wisdom and the easy splendor of its nature writing, Thoreau’s account of his adventure in self-reliance on the shores of a pond in Massachusetts is one of the signposts by which the modern mind has located itself in an increasingly bewildering world. Deeply sane...

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Walden & Civil Disobedience
Written by Henry David Thoreau
Vintage | Trade Paperback | August 2014
$10.00/12.00(Canada) | 978-0-8041-7156-4 (0-8041-7156-4)

Henry David Thoreau’s account of his adventure in self-reliance on the shores of a pond in Massachusetts—part social experiment, part spiritual quest—is an enduringly influential American classic.

In 1845, Thoreau began building a cabin at Walden Pond near Concord, Massachusetts. The inspiring and lyrical book that resulted is both a record of...

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Walden and Other Writings
Written by Henry David Thoreau, Edited by Brooks Atkinson, Introduction by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | November 2000
$12.00/13.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-78334-3 (0-679-78334-2)

Introduction by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Commentary by Van Wyck Brooks and E. B. White
 
Naturalist, philosopher, champion of self-reliance and moral independence, Henry David Thoreau remains not only one of our most influential writers but also one of our most contemporary. This unique and comprehensive edition gathers all of Thoreau’s most significant works...

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Walden and Civil Disobedience
Written by Henry David Thoreau, Afterword by William Howarth, Introduction by W.S. Merwin
Signet | Paperback | July 2012
$5.95/6.99(Canada) | 978-0-451-53216-9 (0-451-53216-3)

Henry David Thoreau’s masterwork Walden is a collection of his reflections on life and society.

In 1845, Thoreau moved to a cabin that he built with his own hands along the shores of Walden Pond in Massachusetts. Shedding the trivial ties that he felt bound much of humanity, Thoreau reaped from... Read more






Walden and Civil Disobedience
Written by Henry David Thoreau, Introduction by Michael Meyer
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | August 1983
$14.00/19.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-039044-5 (0-14-039044-8)

The two defining works of a transcendentalist master

Disdainful of America’s booming commercialism and industrialism, Henry David Thoreau left Concord, Massachusetts, in 1845 to live in solitude in the woods near Walden Pond. Walden, the account of his stay, conveys at once a naturalist’s wonder at the commonplace and a Transcendentalist’s yearning... Read more






Walden and Other Writings
Written by Henry David Thoreau, Edited by Brooks Atkinson
Modern Library | Hardcover | September 1992
$21.00/25.95(Canada) | 978-0-679-60004-6 (0-679-60004-3)

With their call for "simplicity, simplicity, simplicity!”, for self-honesty, and for harmony with nature, the writings of Henry David Thoreau are perhaps the most influential philosophical works in all American literature.

The selections in this volume represent Thoreau at his best. Included in their entirety are Walden, his indisputable masterpiece, and his... Read more






Walden and Other Writings
Written by Henry David Thoreau
Bantam Classics | Paperback | September 1983
$4.95/6.95(Canada) | 978-0-553-21246-4 (0-553-21246-X)

With their call for "simplicity, simplicity, simplicity!”, for self-honesty, and for harmony with nature, the writings of Henry David Thoreau are perhaps the most influential philosophical works in all American literature.

The selections in this volume represent Thoreau at his best. Included in their entirety are Walden, his indisputable masterpiece, and... Read more






A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers
Written by Henry David Thoreau, Introduction by H. Daniel Peck, Noted by H. Daniel Peck
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | December 1998
$15.00/16.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-043442-2 (0-14-043442-9)

Thoreau's account of his 1839 boat trip is a finely crafted tapestry of travel writing, essays, and lyrical poetry. Thoreau interweaves descriptions of natural phenomena, the rural landscape, and local characters with digressions on literature and philosophy, the Native American and Puritian histories of New England, the Bhagavad Gita, the imperfections... Read more






Where I Lived, and What I Lived For
Written by Henry David Thoreau
Penguin Books | Trade Paperback | May 2006
$12.00/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-303758-3 (0-14-303758-7)

The perfect books for the true book lover, Penguin's Great Ideas series features twelve more groundbreaking works by some of history's most prodigious thinkers. Each volume is beautifully packaged with a unique type-driven design that highlights the bookmaker's art. Offering great literature in great packages at great prices, this series is... Read more






A Year in Thoreau's Journal
Written by Henry David Thoreau, Introduction by H. Daniel Peck
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | December 1993
$16.00/17.50(Canada) | 978-0-14-039085-8 (0-14-039085-5)

Thoreau's journal of 1851 reveals profound ideas and observations in the making, including wonderful writing on the natural history of Concord.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the... Read more





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