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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
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Paperback, 448 pages
Published May 5th 2002 by North Point Press (first published March 28th 1992)
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Sheri
Feb 12, 2016 Sheri rated it it was ok
I really enjoyed the political discourses, but the nature stuff was pure torture. My theory is that he was so distraught by the political situation of his time, that he went insane and began getting high and talking long walks. Being so tired of his real writings falling on deaf ears, he decided to try making his political foes commit suicide by reading his nature writings. Lord knows I almost gouged out my eyes several times.
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Mar 14, 2013 Chris rated it really liked it
Reading Thoreau is like taking a nice, long walk in the woods and then, halfway through, starting a big argument about politics.

Yes, his writings are more complex than that -- admittedly Thoreau's essays often intertwine politics and nature, and are neither wholly one or the other -- but to a layperson like me, that offers a reasonable enough description. And that description is not offered as a negative. We are political beasts, even when we think we aren't; "not-politics" is still a kind of po
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As with any collection, some essays were better than others. My favorites were "Wild Apples" and "A Plea for Captain John Brown" (because John Brown is awesome).
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Oct 02, 2010 Cindy rated it really liked it
Great collection. I think I'd rather just have the natural history essays though, as this is what I picked up the book for.
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Perfect collection for those who already own Walden.
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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.

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