One of the most influential and compelling books in American literature, Walden is a vivid account of the years that Henry D. Thoreau spent alone in a secluded cabin at Walden Pond. This edition–introduced by noted American writer John Updike–celebrates the perennial importance of a classic work, originally published in 1854. Much of Walden’s material is derived from Thoreau’s journals and contains such engaging pieces from the lively “Where I Lived, and What I Lived For” and “Brute Neighbors” to the serene “Reading” and “The Pond in the Winter.” Other famous sections involve Thoreau’s visits with a Canadian woodcutter and with an Irish family, a trip to Concord, and a description of his bean field. This is the complete and authoritative text of Walden–as close to Thoreau’s original intention as all available evidence allows.
This is the authoritative text of Walden and the ideal presentation of Thoreau’s great document of social criticism and dissent.