Where I Lived and What I Lived For

Author: Henry Thoreau
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 9780141964294
Release Date: 2005-08-25
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves - and each other. They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. They have enriched lives - and destroyed them. Now Penguin brings you the works of the great thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whose ideas shook civilization and helped make us who we are. Thoreau's account of his solitary and self-sufficient home in the New England woods remains an inspiration to the environmental movement - a call to his fellow men to abandon their striving, materialistic existences of 'quiet desperation' for a simple life within their means, finding spiritual truth through awareness of the sheer beauty of their surroundings.

Economy where I Lived and what I Lived For and Solitude

Author: Henry David Thoreau
ISBN: 0986071528
Release Date: 2014
Genre: Economics

This book covers three sections of Henry David Thoreau's Walden including "Economy", "Where I Lived and What I Lived For", and "Solitude". Thoreau's writings have been prized for over 150 years. He lived life simply and fully. In this simplicity, he describes the true meaning of contentment and his prescription throughout the book is echoed "Simplify, simplify" to the reader.

Deep and Pure for a Symbol

Author: Ilona Kramer
Publisher: GRIN Verlag
ISBN: 9783640553143
Release Date: 2010-03

Seminar paper from the year 2007 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 1,00, University of Heidelberg, course: Henry David Thoreau, language: English, abstract: I. Introduction In the chapter "Where I lived and What I lived for," Thoreau explains what he wanted to achieve by his experiment: I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; not did I wish to practise resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and such out all the marrow of life ...] to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms, and, if it proved to be mean, why then to get the whole and genuine meanness of it, and publish its meanness to the world; or if it were sublime, to know it by experience, and be able to give a true account of it ...]. For most men, it appears to me, are in a strange uncertainty about it, whether it is of the devil or of God ...]. (W, 72) This passage demonstrates Thoreau's desire to establish a relationship to the world around him. Feeling that, like most people, he lived "what was not life," he moves to Walden Pond in order to find out for himself what life actually was. He feels that nature can reveal truths and meanings to him and thus help him to overcome the "strange uncertainty" about the character of the world and of his own life. But if nature seemed to "communicate" with man, how could he make sure to understand its message? ... In order to 'translate' his experience to his readers, Thoreau uses natural imagery in a highly symbolic way. ... In the book we find the pond described in a very detailed way: its size, the depth, the flora and fauna. The meanings of these descriptions are various and at the end this small body of water comes to symbolize almost everything of Tho


Author: Henry David Thoreau
Publisher: The Floating Press
ISBN: 9781775413196
Release Date: 2009-01-01
Genre: Philosophy

One of the most famous non-fiction American books, Walden by Henry David Thoreau is the history of Thoreau's visit to Ralph Waldo Emerson's woodland retreat near Walden Pond. Thoreau, stirred by the philosophy of the transcendentalists, used the sojourn as an experiment in self reliance and minimalism... "so as to "live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." Walden stresses the significance of self-reliance, solitude, meditation, and nature in rising above the the life of quiet desperation lived by most people. that, he argues, is the lot of most people. Part autobiography, part manifesto Walden is a moving treatise on the importance distancing oneself from the consumerism of modern Western society and embracing nature in its place.


Author: Stephen Fender
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: STANFORD:36105019326680
Release Date: 1997
Genre: Literary Collections

Presents Thoreau's reflections on his experience living alone in the woods surrounding Walden Pond

Walden and Civil Disobedience

Author: Henry David Thoreau
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101664094
Release Date: 1983-08-25
Genre: Philosophy

A transcendentalist classic on social responsibility and a manifesto that inspired modern protest movements Critical of 19th-century America’s booming commercialism and industrialism, Henry David Thoreau moved to a small cabin in the woods of Concord, Massachusetts in 1845. Walden, the account of his stay near Walden Pond, conveys at once a naturalist’s wonder at the commonplace and a transcendentalist’s yearning for spiritual truth and self-reliance. But Thoreau's embrace of solitude and simplicity did not entail a withdrawal from social and political matters. Civil Disobedience, also included in this volume, expresses his antislavery and antiwar sentiments, and has influenced resistance movements worldwide. Both give rewarding insight into a free-minded, principled and idiosyncratic life. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,800 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.


Author: Henry David Thoreau
ISBN: STANFORD:36105004707696
Release Date: 1882

Walden and On The Duty Of Civil Disobedience illustrated

Author: Henry David Thoreau
Publisher: Clap Publishing, LLC.
ISBN: 9781635372502
Release Date: 2018-03-10

Walden (first published as Walden; or, Life in the Woods) is a book by noted transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau. The text is a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings. The work is part personal declaration of independence, social experiment, voyage of spiritual discovery, satire, and—to some degree—a manual for self-reliance.


Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
ISBN: PSU:000018062540
Release Date: 1990
Genre: Authors, American

A detailed account of one man's sojourn living off the land.

Walden and Other Writings

Author: Henry David Thoreau
Publisher: Modern Library
ISBN: 9780679642022
Release Date: 2000-11-01
Genre: Fiction

Henry David Thoreau's vision of personal freedom is indelibly etched on the American consciousness. 'We need the tonic of wildness,' Thoreau wrote in Walden, and by turning his back on town amenities to build a house on Walden Pond in 1845, he helped shape our notions of the individual, subsistence, and a moral relation to nature. Raising white beans and potatoes that he sold to his Concord neighbors, he stayed for two years; his book records both the philosophy he developed while living alone and the facts of his everyday life. Included here with the complete text of Walden are selections from Thoreau's first book, A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers; 'A Plea for Captain John Brown,' his eloquent defense of the American abolitionist's rebellion at Harper's Ferry, and such masterpieces as his famous essay 'Civil Disobedience,' in which he describes a night spent in prison for refusing to pay a poll tax to a government that condoned slavery.

Reimagining Thoreau

Author: Robert Milder
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521461499
Release Date: 1995-03-31
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Reimagining Thoreau synthesizes the interests of the intellectual and psychological biographer and the literary critic in a reconsideration of Thoreau's career from his graduation from Harvard in 1837 to his death in 1862. The purposes of the book are threefold: 1) to situate Thoreau's aims and achievements as a writer within the context of his troubled relationship to m microcosm of ante-bellum Concord; 2) to reinterpret Walden as a temporally layered text in light of the successive drafts of the book and the evidence of Thoreau's journals and contemporaneous writings; and 3) toverturn traditional views of Thoreau's decline by offering a new estimate of the post-Walden writing and its place within Thoreau's development.

Henry David Thoreau

Author: Henry David Thoreau
Publisher: Gramercy Books
ISBN: CORNELL:31924090307624
Release Date: 1993
Genre: American essays

A collection of three great works by the naturalist, writer, philosopher, and leading thinker of the American Transcendentalist movement includes Walden, The Maine Woods, and Cape Cod.

Above Time

Author: James R. Guthrie
Publisher: University of Missouri Press
ISBN: 0826263771
Release Date: 2001-12-01
Genre: Literary Criticism

The Variorum Walden and the Variorum Civil Disobedience

Author: Henry David Thoreau
ISBN: 0671485075
Release Date: 1968
Genre: Civil disobedience

Note on the text and a note on the annotations -- Economy -- Where I lived, and what I lived for -- Reading -- Sounds -- Solitude -- Visitors -- Bean-field -- Village -- Ponds -- Baker farm -- Higher laws -- Brute neighbors -- House-warming -- Former inhabitants; and winter visitors -- Winter animals -- Pond in winter -- Spring -- Conclusion -- Civil disobedience.