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The correspondence of Henry D. Thoreau

Author: Henry David Thoreau; Robert N Hudspeth
Publisher: Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, 2013-
Series: Writings of Henry D. Thoreau.
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"[Constitutes] the first full-scale scholarly edition of Thoreau's correspondence. When completed, the edition's three volumes will include every extant letter written or received by Thoreau--in all, almost 650 letters, roughly 150 more than in any previous edition, including dozens that have never before been published. Correspondence 1 contains 163 letters, ninety-six written by Thoreau and sixty-seven to him.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Records and correspondence
Correspondence
Named Person: Henry David Thoreau; Henry David Thoreau; Henry David Thoreau; Henry David Thoreau
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Henry David Thoreau; Robert N Hudspeth
ISBN: 9780691158921 0691158924
OCLC Number: 822229867
Notes: volume 1. 1834-1848
Description: volumes ; 21 cm.
Contents: V. 1. 1834-1848.
Series Title: Writings of Henry D. Thoreau.
Other Titles: Correspondence
Responsibility: edited by Robert N. Hudspeth.

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Contains 163 letters that provide an intimate view of author's path from college student to published author. This title documents author's friendships with college classmates and his search for work  Read more...

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