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Walden and, civil disobedience

Author: Henry David Thoreau; Jonathan Levin
Publisher: New York : Barnes & Noble Classics, 2005
Series: Barnes & Noble classics
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Pbk. edView all editions and formats
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Henry David Thoreau built his small cabin on the shore of Walden Pond in 1845. For the next two years he lived there as simply as possible, seeking "the essential facts of life" and learning to eliminate the unnecessary details-material and spiritual-that intrude upon our happiness. He described his experiences in Walden, using vivid, forceful prose that transforms his reflections on nature into richly evocative
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Henry David Thoreau
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Henry David Thoreau; Jonathan Levin
ISBN: 1593082088 9781593082086
OCLC Number: 760218944
Description: xxxiv, 315 s. ; 21 cm
Series Title: Barnes & Noble classics
Other Titles: Civil disobedience
Responsibility: Henry David Thoreau ; with an introduction and notes by Jonathan Levin ; George Stade, consulting editorial director

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Henry David Thoreau built his small cabin on the shore of Walden Pond in 1845. For the next two years he lived there as simply as possible, seeking "the essential facts of life" and learning to eliminate the unnecessary details-material and spiritual-that intrude upon our happiness. He described his experiences in Walden, using vivid, forceful prose that transforms his reflections on nature into richly evocative metaphors to live by. George Eliot's review of Walden singles out qualities that has attracted readers for generations, namely "a deep poetic sensibility," as well as Thoreau's own "refined [and] hardy mind." In a world obsessed with technology and luxury, Walden seems more relevant today than ever

After being imprisoned for refusing to pay Concord's poll tax, Thoreau recounted his experience in an 1848 lecture "The Rights and Duties of the Individual in Relation to Government." The speech, hardly noticed in Thoreau's lifetime, was later published as "Civil Disobedience." Today it is widely considered one of the most important essays concerning the incumbent duties of American citizens

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