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Walden : volatile truths

Author: Martin Bickman
Publisher: New York : Twayne ; Toronto : Maxwell Macmillan Canada ; New York : Maxwell Macmillan International, ©1992.
Series: Twayne's masterwork studies, no. 91.; Gale virtual reference library.
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Provides in-depth analysis of the literary work Walden, as well as its importance and critical reception. Includes a chronology of the life and works of the author.
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Bickman, Martin, 1945-
Walden.
New York : Twayne ; Toronto : Maxwell Macmillan Canada ; New York : Maxwell Macmillan International, ©1992
(DLC) 92001187
Named Person: Henry David Thoreau; Henry David (1817-1862) Thoreau
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Martin Bickman
ISBN: 9780805719536 0805719539
OCLC Number: 734022172
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (xv, 139 pages) : illustrations.
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: Literary and historical context. 1. The Two Americas and transcendentalism. 2. The importance of the work. 3. Composition and reception --
A reading. 4. On reading Walden. 5. Structurings. 6. Languages. 7. Paradise (to be) regained. 8. Philosophy.
Series Title: Twayne's masterwork studies, no. 91.; Gale virtual reference library.
Responsibility: Martin Bickman.

Abstract:

Provides in-depth analysis of the literary work Walden, as well as its importance and critical reception. Includes a chronology of the life and works of the author.

Henry David Thoreau's Walden (1854) is more than a book; it has become an American cultural icon, an archetypal portrait of a person finding peace and truth alone in the woods. Yet the book itself is more complex and rewarding than its image. Composed over a period of nine years, it asks to be read as deliberately as it was written. Its truths are volatile, not to be etched in stone or printed on bumper stickers but to be encountered in the reader's consciousness in a dynamic play of mind. Walden: Volatile Truths, then, tries to respect Thoreau's playful elusiveness and shifting turns of thought. It provides not so much a single interpretation as a series of contexts--historical, structural, linguistic, mythological, and philosophical--from which Walden can be profitably considered but no one of which is definitive. By focusing on close analyses of key passages, Martin Bickman involves the reader in the active making of meaning. Bickman's own writing is clear and accessible, although many of his insights will be new even for scholars in the field. He takes a fresh look at the critical controversies and places Walden in the current revival of interest in American pragmatism.

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