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The author of the book: Henry David Thoreau
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Edition: Thomas Y. Crowell Company
Date of issue: 1961
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Henry Thoreau was more of a rambler than a traveler, but he discovered the spell of the Maine woods and, in 1846, 1853, and 1857, made three trips to Mount Katahdin, Moosehead Lake, the West Branch of the Penobscot, Lake Chesuncook, the famous Allagash River, and the East Branch. He loved to listen to the
silence of the deep forest, make notes on the flora and fauna, and ask his guides innumerable questions.
For Thoreau there was much to see, whether it was the ubiquitous Lilium canadense or the horrible spectacle of his guide butchering a moose. Thoreau saw it all and recorded it all. He noted the "civil-looking" elms which still stand as you enter the West Branch. He observed the stump fungus, luminous at night, and speculated about it, as many campers do now. Mud Pond
Carry, the island where he had lunch, the spot where the moose was killed, the clintonia, the painted trillium, the flowered bellwort - they are all still there, and the moose are coming back.
THE MAINE WOODS is, in some ways, the most contemporary of Thoreau's books, for much of what he described is still to be seen. For anyone with even the slightest interest in the woods, it is a panorama of sights, sounds, and scents, most accurately perceived and delightfully recorded.
Read information about the authorHenry David Thoreau (born David Henry Thoreau) was an American author, naturalist, transcendentalist, tax resister, development critic, philosopher, and abolitionist who is best known for Walden, a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings, and his essay, Civil Disobedience, an argument for individual resistance to civil government in moral opposition to an unjust state.
Thoreau's books, articles, essays, journals, and poetry total over 20 volumes. Among his lasting contributions were his writings on natural history and philosophy, where he anticipated the methods and findings of ecology and environmental history, two sources of modern day environmentalism.
In 1817, Henry David Thoreau was born in Massachusetts. He graduated from Harvard University in 1837, taught briefly, then turned to writing and lecturing. Becoming a Transcendentalist and good friend of Emerson, Thoreau lived the life of simplicity he advocated in his writings. His two-year experience in a hut in Walden, on land owned by Emerson, resulted in the classic, Walden: Life in the Woods (1854). During his sojourn there, Thoreau refused to pay a poll tax in protest of slavery and the Mexican war, for which he was jailed overnight. His activist convictions were expressed in the groundbreaking On the Duty of Civil Disobedience (1849). In a diary he noted his disapproval of attempts to convert the Algonquins "from their own superstitions to new ones." In a journal he noted dryly that it is appropriate for a church to be the ugliest building in a village, "because it is the one in which human nature stoops to the lowest and is the most disgraced." (Cited by James A. Haught in 2000 Years of Disbelief.) When Parker Pillsbury sought to talk about religion with Thoreau as he was dying from tuberculosis, Thoreau replied: "One world at a time."
Thoreau's philosophy of nonviolent resistance influenced the political thoughts and actions of such later figures as Leo Tolstoy, Mohandas K. Gandhi, and Martin Luther King, Jr. D. 1862.
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