Thoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862.

A week on the Concord and Merrimack rivers ; Walden, or, Life in the woods ; The Maine woods ; Cape Cod / Henry David Thoreau ; [Robert F. Sayre wrote the notes and selected the texts for this novel]. - New York : Literary Classics of the United States : Distributed by the Viking Press, c1985. - 1114 p. : ill. ; 21 cm. - The Library of America . - Library of America. .

Includes bibliographical references (p. 1071-1094) and index.

A week on the Concord and Merrimack rivers -- Walden; or, life in the woods -- The Maine woods -- Cape Cod.

Henry David Thoreau wrote four full-length works, collected here in a single volume. Interweaving natural observation, personal experience, and historical lore, they reveal his brilliance not only as a writer, but as a naturalist, scholar, historian, poet, and philosopher. "A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers" is based on a boat trip taken with his brother from Concord, Massachusetts to Concord, New Hampshire. "Walden" is at once a personal declaration of independence, social experiment, voyage of spiritual discovery, manual of self-reliance, and masterpiece of style. "The Maine Woods" and "Cape Cod" portray landscapes changing irreversibly even as he wrote. The first combines close observation of the unexplored Maine wilderness with a far-sighted plea for conservation; the second is a brilliant and unsentimental account of survival on a barren peninsula in the face of hostile elements, historical change, and natural decay.

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Concord River (Mass.)--Description and travel.
Merrimack River (N.H. and Mass.)--Description and travel.

PS3042 / 1985