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Henry David Thoreau was an American author, poet, naturalist, tax resister, surveyor, historian, philosopher, and leading transcendentalist. He is best known for his book Walden. He was deeply interested in the idea of survival in the face of hostile elements, historical change, and natural decay. He was a strong abolitionist and his belief in a philosophy of civil disobed ...more
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Published January 1st 2009 by Book Jungle (first published 1906)
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John P
May 31, 2017 John P rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This volume contains several works by Thoreau including Wild Apples, which I have reviewed elsewhere as a standalone piece.

Always interesting, Thoreau supplies vivid descriptions of his New England surroundings including flora and fauna, plus the odd human. Interesting, yes, but also somewhat tiresome as in Autumnal Tints (and Wild Apples as well). Thoreau seems determined, to a fault, to show off his intimate knowledge and bold conclusions especially when the casual reader would think that cert
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Gloria Sun
Not as good as Walden but completely necessary read for the Thoreauvian (ahem...me.)
Megan
Jan 30, 2016 Megan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series of essays are interesting in their systematic yet somewhat unscientific exploration of nature. Thoreau comes across as a poet who wishes he were a scientist, and ends up with this as the middle ground. His love of nature and country are admirable. My favorite entries were the first, which is essentially a book review of a natural survey commissioned by the state legislature, and "Autumnal Tints". Thoreau had a tendency to start with a fairly specific topic about nature, but end up wi ...more
Milan Pohl
Nov 13, 2015 Milan Pohl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Zajímavý sborník filosoficky až poeticky laděných esejů o přírodě a jejích krásách, které nám mnohdy zůstávají skryty, protože se po nich neumíme dívat. Především slavná "Chůze" a méně slavné, ale vynikající "Podzimní barvy" rozhodně stojí za přečtení. 9/10
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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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