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Walden by Henry David Thoreau
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May 31, 10

Read in May, 2010

I, like everyone else on the planet, read this in high school. Then I read excerpts in college. Now, I'm rereading it because I hope to teach it for a summer class. What I notice with this reading are the many, many allusions that Thoreau makes, from Hercules to Aeolian harps to all manner of religion books to Shakespeare. In fact, I'm reading the unannotated paperback edition alongside an early 1900s edition that painstakingly documents each allusion. It's fascinating in a whole new way. I could not have read it this way in high school. So Walden seems to to be one of those books you can reread, in different stages of your life, and there's always a new way to read it.
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