Walden

Walden

An Annotated Edition

Book - 1995
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On July 4, 1845, Henry David Thoreau moved into the cabin he had built on the shore of Walden Pond. Now, on the 150th anniversary of that event, Houghton Mifflin is proud to publish an exceptional new edition of what is perhaps the most important book in our history as a publisher. Walden: An Annotated Edition features the definitive text of the book with extensive notes on Thoreau's life and times by the distinguished biographer and critic Walter Harding. In the third chapter, Thoreau writes, "How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book?" For many readers, Walden is that book. Written a century and a half ago, it grows more meaningful every day, and whether you are reading it for the first time or the hundredth, Walter Harding's insightful comments will open your eyes to the true depths of this masterpiece.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1995
ISBN: 9780395720424
0395720427
Branch Call Number: 818 Th
Description: xi, 338 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Harding, Walter 1917-1996

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Nonfiction title. Introvert Henry David Thoreau built a cabin next to Walden Pond and began writing about his experiences with nature and living alone. Although it took time to gain popularity, Walden has been in print since 1862 and has never dropped out of print, due to the beautifully written ... Read More »


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LeVena
Mar 03, 2019

Available in UNC but not in public library.

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gregdryke
Dec 27, 2018

Austin Klein recommendation

VaughanPLSarahN Feb 07, 2017

Walden was not what I expected. I was looking for the story of a man who had decided to live outside society for two years. Instead, I found an essay about how economical and practical it is to do as he did.
I think I would have liked the book better if it was about Thoreau's reflective journey to the conclusions he reached rather than about how clever he finds himself to be and how he'd been right all along.

Cynthia_N Aug 31, 2016

The first half of this book was not pleasant to read. Thoreau was sharing his opinions on the ways other people live their lives and honestly at times I disliked the author. The book did take a turn for the better about halfway through when he started talking about living in the woods. I did end up really enjoying the book.

PoMoLibrary Jul 21, 2015

From our 2015 #80DayRead Summer Reading Club traveler Dave: It's political but also transports you into nature. It allows you to participate in living off the grid in a time when we are always plugged in. Living in BC, many of us live in a location minutes away from our own "Walden Pond", but we never take the time to enjoy it. This book helps us remember.

deleuzerimbaud Oct 13, 2013

Excellent. I own it but have not rushed to finish it due to other reading obligations, however it is the totem of reflection, with richer detail than most contemporary fiction.

purplebetter1 Jun 26, 2012

Started it in the winter and finished in the summer, so I am counting it.

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monaraven
May 27, 2011

Incredible annotations. Makes it twice as long, but really adds a richer understanding and dimension to the text. It's also nice that the annotations are on the same page, so you don't have to flip to the back of the book if you want to read them.

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