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Woodsmen, or, Thoreau & the Indians : a novel

Author: Arnold Krupat
Publisher: Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, ©1994.
Series: American Indian literature and critical studies series, v. 11.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This is the story of a professor who, with his life falling apart, seeks to overcome his inaction and lack of conviction by following Thoreau's lifestyle and ideals. He buys a parcel of wooded land in upstate New York, envisioning a life there similar to Thoreau's on Walden Pond. Accompanied by his friends Hope, Jules, Anna, Ariel, and Hassan, he travels to view his purchase but instead finds two signs posted by  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Pastoral fiction
Fiction
Material Type: Fiction, Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Arnold Krupat
ISBN: 080612671X 9780806126715
OCLC Number: 30354884
Notes: Cover title: Woodsmen, or, Thoreau and the Indians.
Originally published: New York : Letter Press, 1979. With new pref.
Description: x, 133 pages ; 21 cm.
Series Title: American Indian literature and critical studies series, v. 11.
Other Titles: Woodsmen, or, Thoreau and the Indians.
Woodsmen.
Thoreau & the Indians.
Thoreau and the Indians.
Responsibility: by Arnold Krupat.

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This is the story of a professor who, with his life falling apart, seeks to overcome his inaction and lack of conviction by following Thoreau's lifestyle and ideals. He buys a parcel of wooded land in upstate New York, envisioning a life there similar to Thoreau's on Walden Pond. Accompanied by his friends Hope, Jules, Anna, Ariel, and Hassan, he travels to view his purchase but instead finds two signs posted by others claiming ownership of the land: one by land developers and the other by the Poquosett Tribe of Indians. Throughout the novel, Krupat contrasts Thoreau's philosophy of living in nature with the lifestyles of both the Poquosett Indians and of the professor and his circle of academic friends. His tale is one of land use and appropriation, of living a life in nature, whether it be in the way of Thoreau or the Indians.

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