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ISBN: 0865475857
Author: Lewis Hyde,Henry David Thoreau
Language: English
Publisher: North Point Press; 1 edition (May 5, 2002)
Pages: 448
Category: Essays & Correspondence
Subcategory: Literature
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Thoreau's major essays annotated and introduced by one of our most vital intellectuals.

Thoreau's major essays annotated and introduced by one of our most vital intellectuals.

When Professor Hyde set out to use selected Thoreau essays in his seminar at Kenyon College, he found no book that contained the writings he wanted. So he created one that did. The result is this handsome book, made up of 13 political and, or nature essays: Natural History of Massachusetts ~ A Winter Walk ~ Paradise (to be) Regained ~ Ktaadn ~ Civil Disobedience ~ Walking ~ Slavery in Massachusetts ~ Life Without Principle ~ Autumnal Tints ~ The Succession of Forest Trees ~ A Plea for Captain John Brown ~ The Last Days of John Brown ~ and Wild Apples.

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Hyde's popular works of scholarship, including the books The Gift (1983) and Trickster Makes this World (1998) have been widely praised by fiction writers, including Margaret Atwood, Michael Chabon, Jonathan Lethem and David Foster Wallace. The Gift has also been cited as the inspiration for visual artist Jim Mott's Itinerant Artist Project. Posts at On The Commons blog. Common As Air: Revolution, Art and Ownership (2010). A Primer for Forgetting: Getting Past the Past (2019).

The Essays of Henry D. Thoreau.

Thoreau's major essays annotated and introduced by one of our most vital intellectuals

Thoreau's major essays annotated and introduced by one of our most vital intellectuals.

To the Thoreau Institute for pages from The Dial, July 1842, preceding Natural History of Massachusetts, and October 1843, preceding A. .1st ed. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. ) and index.

1st ed. I. Hyde, Lewis, 1945– II. Title.

I. a tall white pine. When I was young and longed to write, I was much in love with Henry D. I liked it that Thoreau sorted life into the sacred and the profane, the true and the trivial, the living and the dead. I loved the plain declarative sentences and flat statements of belief from which he built his work: Surely joy is the condition of life. Take the opening paragraphs of his essay Walking

Philosopher, naturalist, poet and rugged individualist, Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) has inspired generations of readers to think for themselves, to.

Philosopher, naturalist, poet and rugged individualist, Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) has inspired generations of readers to think for themselves, to follow the dictates of their own conscience and to make an art of their lives. This representative sampling of his thought includes five of his most frequently cited and read essays: "Civil Disobedience," his most powerful and influential political essay, exalts the law of conscience over civil law. "Life without Principle" distills the essence of Thoreau's philosophy of self-reliance and individualism.

Thoreau's major essays annotated and introduced by one of our most vital intellectuals.With The Essays of Henry D. Thoreau, Lewis Hyde gathers thirteen of Thoreau's finest short prose works and, for the first time in 150 years, presents them fully annotated and arranged in the order of their composition. This definitive edition includes Thoreau's most famous essays, "Civil Disobedience" and "Walking," along with lesser-known masterpieces such as "Wild Apples," "The Last Days of John Brown," and an account of his 1846 journey into the Maine wilderness to climb Mount Katahdin, an essay that ends on a unique note of sublimity and terror.Hyde diverges from the long-standing and dubious editorial custom of separating Thoreau's politics from his interest in nature, a division that has always obscured the ways in which the two are constantly entwined. "Natural History of Massachusetts" begins not with fish and birds but with a dismissal of the political world, and "Slavery in Massachusetts" ends with a meditation on the water lilies blooming on the Concord River.Thoreau's ideal reader was expected to be well versed in Greek and Latin, poetry and travel narrative, and politically engaged in current affairs. Hyde's detailed annotations clarify many of Thoreau's references and re-create the contemporary context wherein the nation's westward expansion was bringing to a head the racial tensions that would result in the Civil War.

Comments:

Thohelm
I have enjoyed this book to it's fullest degree. I have always been a Thoreau fan, and frequently come back to this book. I am never alone when reading it. I transpose myself into nature on the coldest of days. When I wrote, " Above His Shoulders" I use many metaphors in nature to proceed through my depression and find hope.

Thoreau's work has always inspired me. With the popularity on Into the Wild, thank God we saw an increase in his works. I will forever continue to seek for truth, and find solace in nature. It helped me get through my sexual abuse and treatment.
IWAS
Excellent. The introduction by Lewis Hyde is superb as is the book's design and editing.
Elildelm
great
inetserfer
Received in good condition
Nto
One thing that I have found with the kindle text is that the electronic formatting often displays words disjointed. For example, a word within a sentence may look something like th-
is or perh
aps even something like this.

(Spacing for example)

Wouldn't mind having more notes within the text (much better than end notes).
Samowar
This book was required for a graduated school class. It was shipped quickly and the book itself was in good condition. Great to work with this company. I have ordered many books from them before and am always pleased.

However, the package Better World Books shipped this in was DECIMATED and almost ripped open in the mail. It was in a plastic sealed bag that was ripped open down the side. I think the post office put rubber bands around it, but it's lucky the books weren't damaged. I'm pleased with the book but disappointed with the shipping method.
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When Professor Hyde set out to use selected Thoreau essays in his seminar at Kenyon College, he found no book that contained the writings he wanted. So he created one that did. The result is this handsome book, made up of 13 political and / or nature essays: Natural History of Massachusetts ~ A Winter Walk ~ Paradise (to be) Regained ~ Ktaadn ~ Civil Disobedience ~ Walking ~ Slavery in Massachusetts ~ Life Without Principle ~ Autumnal Tints ~ The Succession of Forest Trees ~ A Plea for Captain John Brown ~ The Last Days of John Brown ~ and Wild Apples.

Some of these titles are more familiar to us than others, because writings such as "Civil Disobedience" and "Walking" appear in dozens (if not hundreds) of compilation volumes. I found two gems in this book. The first is Hyde's own introductory essay, "Prophetic Excursions," which provides a personal and unique perspective for approaching the genre. The second is "Paradise (to be ) Regained," in which Thoreau reviews the 1842 book, "The Paradise within the Reach of all Men, without Labor, by Powers of Nature and Machinery. An Address to all Intelligent Men" by J.A. Etzler. Talk about FUNNY! Mr. Etzler evidently proposed to use the energy produced by the wind, the tide, the waves, and sunshine in order to power all the machinery needs of mankind. And Henry shoots him down at every turn! One wonders what either man would think of our current solar energy efforts and those proposals to put wind farms on Cape Cod. Of additional interest here are the annotations to the text, in which Hyde lets us in on many of Thoreau's inside jokes and references -- the kinds of remarks that would have been obvious to his contemporaries and to anyone with reading knowledge of classical literature.

Even the cover art was well-chosen for this volume. It's "Water Lily," a painting done by American John La Farge in the early 1860s. The inspiration was obviously taken from "Slavery in Massachusetts," when Thoreau stops in the midst of railing against the injustices of the Fugitive Slave Law to talk about the scent of a water lily:

"It bursts up so pure and fair to the eye, and so sweet to the scent, as if to show us what purity and sweetness reside in, and can be extracted from, the slime and muck of earth. ... It reminds me that Nature has been partner to no Missouri Compromise. ... The foul slime stands for the sloth and vice of man, the decay of humanity; the fragrant flower that springs from it, for the purity and courage which are immortal." (p. 193)

Even in his political essays, Thoreau couldn't avoid making analogies with the natural world. That's one of the points Lewis Hyde makes with this volume: you can't separate the natural from the political when you're dealing with Thoreau's writings. It's impossible to focus on just one or

the other.
Astonishing that so many pages of such great writing (and such wonderful, interesting annotations) can be purchased for so little money. We have needed an inexpensive annotated edition of Thoreau's best short prose for a very long time, and this clearly fits the bill. Teachers and students, in particular, will find this book extraordinarily useful. The Thoreau material and annotations alone are extraordinarily valuable, but Hyde's excellent introduction on Thoreau's "Prophetic Excursions" make this the best deal available for a Thoreau book. Buy it; you'll be glad you did!

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