Walden & Civil Disobedience

Walden & Civil Disobedience

by Henry David Thoreau


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Henry David Thoreau’s account of his adventure in self-reliance on the shores of a pond in Massachusetts—part social experiment, part spiritual quest—is an enduringly influential American classic.

In 1845, Thoreau began building a cabin at Walden Pond near Concord, Massachusetts. The inspiring and lyrical book that resulted is both a record of the two years Thoreau spent in withdrawal from society and a declaration of personal independence. By virtue of its casual, offhandedly brilliant wisdom and the easy splendor of its nature writing, Thoreau’s account of his immersion in solitude has become a signpost for the modern mind in an increasingly bewildering world.

Also included in this edition is Thoreau’s famous essay, “Civil Disobedience,” inspired by his anti-war and anti-slavery sentiments, which has influenced nonviolent resistance movements around the world ever since.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780804171564
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/26/2014
Series: Vintage Classics
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 192,157
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

HENRY DAVID THOREAU (1817–1862) was an American poet, naturalist, abolitionist, and transcendentalist philosopher, born in Concord, Massachusetts. He is best known for Walden, his extensive nature writing, and his advocacy of civil disobedience to unjust laws.

Date of Birth:

July 12, 1817

Date of Death:

May 6, 1862

Place of Birth:

Concord, Massachusetts

Place of Death:

Concord, Massachusetts


Concord Academy, 1828-33); Harvard University, 1837

Table of Contents

Economy 3

Where I Lived, And What I Lived For 72

Reading 88

Sounds 99

Solitude 115

Visitors 125

The Bean-Field 138

The Village 149

The Ponds 155

Baker Farm 179

Higher Laws 187

Brute Neighbours 199

House-Warming 212

Former Inhabitants; and Winter Visitors 228

Winter Animals 241

The Pond in Winter 251

Spring 265

Conclusion 283

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