This is the inaugural volume in the first full-scale scholarly edition of Thoreau's correspondence in more than half a century. When completed, the edition's three volumes will include every extant letter written or received by Thoreau--in all, almost 650 letters, roughly 150 more than in any previous edition, including dozens that have never before been published.
Hardcover, 665 pages
Published July 19th 1974 by Greenwood Press
(first published January 1st 1920)
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The first volume of Thoreau's letters track his journey as a young writer trying to get published. Probably the best letters in terms of warmth and family info are the ones he wrote to Emerson when the latter was traveling - Thoreau lived with the Emersons for awhile and sent "Waldo" Emerson witty details of the latest family news and Concord gossip. Only a handful of the letters are largely philosophical in nature. As always his personality comes through, even in the briefer letters. There are...more
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.More about Henry David Thoreau...