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Wild Fruits: Thoreau's Rediscovered Last Manuscript

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The final harvest of a great writer's last years, Wild Fruits presents Henry David Thoreau's sacramental vision of nature - a vision compelling in part because it grew out of an approach to the natural world at once scientific and mystical. The difficulties of Thoreau's handwriting, method of composition, notations and pagination have kept his final observations and medita ...more
Hardcover, 409 pages
Published November 27th 1999 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published 1999)
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David Hensley
Jan 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As with everything I've read by Thoreau, this book is extremely rich with profound meaning. Filled with quips, digressions, and observations all worth their weight in gold, Thoreau uses this book to expound on an idea he defends elsewhere in "Walking" - that of going out into the world, unencumbered by idle thoughts, and simply living in it. Tasting its fruit, observing its patterns, and drinking it all up gratefully. It's hard to express how Thoreau does this so beautifully, but he does, every ...more
Oct 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book as a gift(2004)from a mentor/co-worker while teaching at GHS. She reveled in my love of the outdoors down to the very last leaf and/or berry. This book travels with me throughout the year. The binding is now broken,pages are dirty and the margins filled with notes,thoughts,ideas, etc.
Dec 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
If all you know about Thoreau is Civil Disobedience and Walden Pond, you may be in for a surprise. This book contains numerous examples of Thoreau’s expertise as an observer, naturalist, environmentalist, and advocate of forest preservation. “Wild Fruits” was transcribed, from a bale of Thoreau’s papers, by Bradley Dean. Reproductions of a few pages of Thoreau’s handwritten manuscript are included to show the horrible handwriting that had to be deciphered.

Here’s a couple of “takes” from the volu
Marjorie Elwood
A catalog of when he saw each plant flower, in successive years, I just couldn't make it through this one....
Julie Barrett
Nov 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wild Fruits Thoreau's Rediscovered Last Manuscript
1850's This lost manuscript is mostly about Thoreau and his time studying the plants he lives near.
Everything from when they first come out in the spring, the crop they produce and the taste and the history of the plant itself and how it was used in the past.
Wish I had the actual book as it might come with pictures of the actual plants that I could then identify here locally but this is a book on tape.
Dec 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love historical botany and botanical histories. It was really fun to read him describing his observations of places I'd been to in New England, as well as read his descriptions of plants I myself often find in the forest. Also, this manuscript is full of historical phenological observations - notes on which plants bloomed when, how much, in what year. Beyond the plants, he also says brilliant things about nature and humanity that we can still relate to
(only half!)
Nov 20, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: field naturalists, new england residents
Shelves: nelp
a field guide more than anything, though it does contain some little story and folklore snippets.
Dec 15, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thoreau's notes on edible wild foods (mostly fruit)and seeds. Interesting details...

When I lived on a farm, I kept notes like these about both the wild and cultivated plants.
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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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