Wild Fruits: Thoreau's Rediscovered Last Manuscript

W. W. Norton & Company, 2001 - 409 pagina's
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"This wonderful book is both a practical and a philosophical field guide to the natural gifts of the American countryside."--Audubon The final harvest of our great nature writer's last years, Wild Fruits presents Thoreau's distinctly American gospel--a sacramental vision of nature in which "the tension between Thoreau the naturalist and Thoreau the missionary for nature's wonders invigorates nearly every page" (Time). In transcribing the 150-year-old manuscript's cryptic handwriting and complex notations, Thoreau specialist Bradley Dean has performed a "heroic feat of decipherment" (Booklist) to bring this great work to light. Readers will discover "passages that reach for the transcendentalist ideal of writing new scriptures, yet grounding this Bible in a vision of practical ecology" (Boston). Beautifully illustrated throughout with line drawings of the natural life Thoreau considers on his walks, Wild Fruits is "well worth any nature lover's attention" (Christian Science Monitor).

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WILD FRUITS: Thoreau's Rediscovered Last Manuscript

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A work that has escaped publication since Thoreau wrote it, Wild Fruits will only strengthen the author's renown for his unique voice. A keeper of the Thoreau flame and Thoreau scholar, Bradley Dean ... Volledige review lezen

Wild fruits: Thoreau's rediscovered last manuscript

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When he died in 1862, Thoreau left the fragmentary manuscript of Wild Fruits, itself to be part of a projected natural history of Concord. Dean, director of the Media Center at the Thoreau Institute ... Volledige review lezen


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Over de auteur (2001)

Henry David Thoreau spent almost his entire life in the village of Concord, Massachusetts, where he was born in 1817. After graduating from Harvard College in 1837, he developed a deep friendship with the writer and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson, the foremost figure in the Transcendentalist movement. Emerson's emphasis on the cultivation of intuition and experience as keys to personal and social enlightenment profoundly influenced Thoreau. In 1845, Thoreau built a small cabin on a parcel of land Emerson owned near Walden Pond, where he lived for most of two years, seeking a new relationship to nature, society, and his own self. His experiences there are the raw material of his masterpiece, Walden, or Life in the Woods. Although he was first and last a writer and outdoorsman, Thoreau worked as a surveyor and handyman and was an active abolitionist and opponent of war and imperialism. He died in 1862 of tuberculosis.

Bradley P. Dean, an independent scholar living in West Peterborough, New Hampshire, has written extensively on Thoreau's life and writings, and has edited two of Thoreau's previously unpublished booklength manuscripts.

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