Unlimited [Poetry Book] ↠ Walden and Other Writings - by Henry David Thoreau ↠

By Henry David Thoreau | Comments: ( 594 ) | Date: ( Jan 25, 2020 )

The quintessential back to nature book, Walden is an account of Thoreau s attempt to find a spiritual awakening by returning to a simple life in the Massachusetts woodlands Thoreau s rejection of the values of the then burgeoning Industrial Revolution still reverberates for contemporary readers His quest for something deeper and meaningful than materialism created aThe quintessential back to nature book, Walden is an account of Thoreau s attempt to find a spiritual awakening by returning to a simple life in the Massachusetts woodlands Thoreau s rejection of the values of the then burgeoning Industrial Revolution still reverberates for contemporary readers His quest for something deeper and meaningful than materialism created a work that gave form to some of man s deepest yearnings Walden, or Life in the Woods, is an attempt to awaken the sleepers of society to the potential for greatness within each of them Written with poetry and fire, it remains one of literature s greatest road maps to the divine.

  • Title: Walden and Other Writings
  • Author: Henry David Thoreau
  • ISBN: 9781586632113
  • Page: 222
  • Format: Hardcover

About Author:

Henry David Thoreau

Henry 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.More platoanford entries thooreauerver enpedia wiki Henry_Daanscendentalism legacy.tamuography people henry

Comments Walden and Other Writings

  • Jennifer

    I am giving 5 stars to "Life without Principle," "On Civil Disobedience," and the following chapters from Walden: Economy, Where I Lived and What I Lived For, Reading, Solitude, Higher Laws, Conclusion. The rest of the book was about nature. While I'm thumbs up when it comes to experiencing nature, I'm thumbs down when it comes to reading about it. I wish I could appreciate the way he describes grass blowing in the wind and ants fighting with each other, but I just couldn't, so I'm not rating hi [...]

  • Monica

    This book is a treasure for lovers of the simplicity movement. It is now one of my favourite, and one which I would come back to again and again.It’s not just Thoreau’s message of simplicity, self-reliance and independent thinking which resonates strongly with me. The passion, vigour and clarity in which he puts forward his arguments is incisive and convincing. His writing style is exactly as he is – straightforward, concise, uncompromising and often sarcastic and contemptuous against thos [...]

  • Kira Simion

    The thing is, I look for simplicity in philosophical writing for I agree with Albert Einstein when he talked about how if one cannot explain something to a child, one doesn't truly know it. My knowledge and my understanding are intertwined, and thus when I don't understand (tangents, for example, are difficult for me because I get bored and skim and then only understand some bits), it isn't fun to read.

  • Barrett Brassfield

    Have to agree with E.B. White (author of Charlotte's Web, among other things) who once said that every high school senior should be given a copy of Walden upon graduation. Many of course will choose not to read it but for those who do, and make it through the slog that is the first chapter, Thoreau's timeless classic offers much wisdom on thoughtful living. Why thoughtful living? Because Walden is full of what of what buddhists refer to as the fire of attention. Each chapter, even the dreadful f [...]

  • Trish

    I'm just gonna say it, I like Ralph Waldo Emerson's essays and poetry better. His writing is more refined and stylistically pleasing. Reading "Civil Disobedience" is like bachelorhood being shoved in your face. Thoreau clearly isn't speaking of a method of action that could ever be followed by the family-man or woman or young adult. I understand his ideology and thought-process, but it doesn't seem to include an ounce of practicality in it. Nonetheless, he's a good essayist who has respectable v [...]

  • Mike

    I find Thoreau's command of the written language to be astounding. I very much liked this book and I'm surprised that I wasn't required to read this in high school or college.

  • James

    On or about July 23, 1846 Henry David Thoreau was detained in Concord for nonpayment of the poll tax, and he spent the night in the Concord Jail. He described his experience in jail thus: "The rooms were whitewashed once a month; and this one, at least, was the whitest, most simply furnished, and probably the neatest apartment in the town." He described his fellow inmate ("room-mate") as someone accused of "burning a barn" who had been incarcerated for three months waiting for trial. He was "qui [...]

  • Havva

    It's not that I'm not interested in the remaining stories, but there's only so much Thoreau I can take at once. I'll try the rest on the collection as individual e-books.

  • Alan

    I never have understood why this dense book is assigned for schoolkids to read. Yes, it is unprecedented in American literature, a great book--without being particularly "good reading." It's formidable, and I have never gotten through it, chapter after chapter. I find it a great dippers' book, and maybe those who assign it are exactly that, dippers. Several of Thoreau's other works are more engaging and accessible, from the Maine Woods (perhaps my favorite) to Cape Cod, even A Week on the Concor [...]

  • Steel

    This book just edged out the Richest Man in Babylon and Money: How to Get as Much as You Can of It!!!! as my favorite book of all time. Not getting results at work? This book can help! A classic self-help manual, this book can teach you how to make money and become the most popular person of all time, just like its handsome, wealthy, much adored author. You can even learn how much it costs to build a 1840's style log-cabin. Did you know that pumpkins make good chairs? I bet that even if you did, [...]

  • Whitney

    At long last. It took me a while to make it through this. It's not something that I could power through 30 pages of on my lunch break. Reading Walden is a lot like watching paint drying. And I mean that in the most complimentary way possible. Like if you could really experience the paint drying.Thoreau was way ahead of his time. A lot of people are starting to come to the same conclusions he came to some 150 odd years ago: Man has a deep connection to nature, and nature fills a need in man that [...]

  • Adam

    If Edgar Allan Poe was the original goth, Henry David Thoreau was the original obnoxious vegan. His tone at the beginning of the book is like a know-it-all kid in his first year of self-employment: smarmy and convinced he's cracked the code on the only right way to live. As the book goes on, he mellows out a little. I guess living in the woods was good for him. While still being condescending of his neighbors (“…his little broad-faced son worked cheerfully at his father's side the while, not [...]

  • amy

    I was going to say something silly and Garden State-y about how Walden changed my life, but am rewording because the experience of reading this book was more like.irmation. Which is to say, I've chosen a certain way to live that I believe is the right one for me, and reading Walden was like being told, "That's right, that's what you need to do. Keep on keeping on, you're heading in the right direction." Except that the life Thoreau writes about is not directional in the least. But you get what I [...]

  • Fred

    Thoreau is kind of a douche. Not gonna lie. This is a guy who thought that he would get back to nature by living in a shack on mommy and daddy's property. He makes some good points of philosophy but so does the drunk at the end of most bars. All in all, I think that Thoreau is vastly overrated.

  • Rocío

    Amo a este hombre.

  • Lisa (Harmonybites)

    The introduction to the edition I read quoted American philosopher and Harvard professor Stanley Cavell as saying "Emerson and Thoreau are the founding philosophers of America" and comparable in complexity to Plato. As you can tell from my disparate ratings below, I nevertheless found reading Thoreau a decidedly mixed bag. Given their influence on the environmental movement and non-violent mass protest movements, I'd highly recommend reading Walden and the article "Civil Disobedience" no matter [...]

  • Vishal

    It seems to me that Walden is - especially in a modern context – one of the most un-American books ever written. Students or devotees of Hinduism and Buddhism will find much common ground here. For example, his belief in limiting the number of material possessions:‘…r a man is rich in proportion to the number of things that he can afford to let alone’Even his morning dip in Walden Pond is similar to the daily ritual taken on by many Hindu ascetics of bathing in the River Ganges. Neverthe [...]

  • Alicia

    Certainly not in the headspace for what Thoreau had in this collection of his works. Perhaps if I had read just one or two of his essays or works instead of trying to read them all together and I would have had more patience. But I don't. One of those that I'll revisit in another decade to see if life experience changes my thoughts and lens through which I read this.

  • Kai Crawford

    I definitely have some thoughts about this

  • Mark

    Waldenby Henry David Thoreau2.21.10I read Walden right after graduating high school, so it’s interesting that I pick it up now, one month after graduating college.This book can be as dull as the wet leaves of winter, without life or color. That is the case when you read Walden just to get through it.I learned something of how to read this time around. I learned that if I slow down, I can catch not only their words, but the richness of the intent. Even more, it can teach me things not on the pa [...]

  • Eric

    I class Walden with those works that are widely read yet gravely misapprehended. Its author is an oakum-unwinder, frost-skimmer or hermit indeed; and he does recommend the life lived by that philosopher's dictate, to Explore thyself. But he's an unsimple writer, and so his message is unsimple, because it is a straight message, and it alights upon unstraight, or straitened, ears. Walden is not about forsaking society. It is about coming closer to the living rock--and understanding the world more [...]

  • John Defrog

    Thoreau gets name-dropped so often in my circle of friends and in other books I’ve read that I finally decided to read him. This collection has the important stuff – “Walden”, “Civil Disobedience” and “Life Without Principle”, as well as some other writings. And sorry, but most of it didn’t really register with me. The reason has less to do with whether I agree or disagree with his overall philosophy, and more to do with the fact that much of it seems even less relevant in 2016 [...]

  • dead letter office

    i know i'm supposed to like this book, but i had trouble. walden read in large part like a compilation of shopping lists and an ode to miserliness. and really, thoreau wasn't nearly so far removed from civilization as he seems to have felt he was. there are moments when his philosophizing is worthwhile, but on the whole i thought it was a bit of a cranky, tedious diaryvil disobedience and life without principle are something entirely different, though. if it weren't for the "other writings" this [...]

  • Kerry

    I was torn between, three and four stars. I don't like to admit it, but, it's lengthy attention to detail did make it a chore to read in parts, and then at others I found it beautifully profound and the slog seemed insignificant. I've settled with three because it's not a book I can see reading in it's entirety again, a book I'll definitely flick through though.

  • Mark

    Though written in the period between roughly 1830-1860, Thoreau's focus in these writings on individualism, solitude, non-conformity, and introspection is refreshing and relevant today in a world so often dominated by social conformity and the personality ethic.

  • S Moss

    A Book for All AgesThe edition I read is dated 1937, 1950)This classic rewards rereading at different stages in one’s life. According to a date in my copy, I purchased and first read Walden in 1960. I taught it in high school in the mid-seventies, and just last month reread it. From my different sets of markings in my copy I can see what struck me on my various readings, how my large view of the book in my late teens was complimented by my understanding of the more classical references in my l [...]

  • Andreea Marin

    My more detailed personal analysis: infinitetext/2017/06/26/This book is a re-read for me this month. First a few words on this edition (The Modern Library paperback): if you can get this one, get it. The writing is the right size and in the same codex you have Walden, an intro by Emerson, A week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers, Cape Cod, The Allegash and East Branch, Walking, Civil Disobedience, Slavery in Massachusetts, A Plea for Captain John Brown, and Life Without Principle. I could rea [...]

  • Greg

    I’ve been working on Hendy David Thoreau’s Walden for some time now…a couple of years at least. Read a little, think a lot, emulate (in some ways), and think some more. It is a worthy read, and one I shall read again, and dip back into often. What follows is a collection of thoughts that stood out for me from this reading of Walden. As I look back over some of my notes and highlighted passages, I realize that there is something of a theme, a connected thread that speaks to me. Thoreau desc [...]

  • Sandra

    I read less than 20%. It'll stay in my Reading Room (which less imaginative people think of as a utilitarian place to bathe) at least until I've read the section on his reading, but I got a general sense and am afraid I might be bitter at the time I could have been reading something more edifying -- David Baldacci, Newbery prize winners, Marie Kondo . . . .

  • Jackson Cyril

    Reread Thoreau after a long, long time. Pure poetry. I admire him much more now that I did when I was asked to read him for class. Here's Updike's excellent review: theguardian/books/200

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