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Walden ; and, Civil disobedience

Author: Henry David Thoreau; Jonathan Levin
Publisher: New York, NY : Barnes & Noble Classics, ©2003.
Series: Barnes & Noble classics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Disdainful of America's growing commercialism and industrialism, Henry David Thoreau left Concord, Massachusetts, in 1845 to live in solitude in the woods by Walden Pond. Walden, the classic account of his stay there, conveys at once a naturalist's wonder at the commonplace and a Transcendentalist's yearning for spiritual truth and self-reliance. But even as Thoreau disentangled himself from worldly matters, his  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Henry David Thoreau; Henry David Thoreau
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Henry David Thoreau; Jonathan Levin
ISBN: 9781593081997 1593081995
OCLC Number: 658972381
Description: xxxiv, 315 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: The World of Henry David Thoreau, Walden and "Civil Disobedience" --
Introduction / Jonathan Levin --
Walden; or life in the woods --
Civil disobedience --
Endnotes --
Inspired by Walden --
Comments & questions --
For further reading.
Series Title: Barnes & Noble classics.
Responsibility: Henry David Thoreau ; with an introduction and notes by Jonathan Levin.
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Disdainful of America's growing commercialism and industrialism, Henry David Thoreau left Concord, Massachusetts, in 1845 to live in solitude in the woods by Walden Pond. Walden, the classic account of his stay there, conveys at once a naturalist's wonder at the commonplace and a Transcendentalist's yearning for spiritual truth and self-reliance. But even as Thoreau disentangled himself from worldly matters, his solitary musings were often disturbed by his social conscience. 'Civil Disobedience', expressing his antislavery and antiwar sentiments, has influenced nonviolent resistance movements worldwide. Michael Meyer's introduction points out that Walden is not so much an autobiographical study as a 'shining example' of Transcendental individualism. So, too, 'Civil Disobedience' is less a call to political activism than a statement of Thoreau's insistence on living a life of principle.

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