Walden Pond by W. Barksdale Maynard
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Walden Pond
By W. Barksdale Maynard

Walden Pond

A History

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Walden Pond by W. Barksdale Maynard

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Perhaps no other natural setting has as much literary, spiritual, and environmental significance for Americans as Walden Pond. Some 700,000 people visit the pond annually, and countless others journey to Walden in their mind, to contemplate the man who lived there and what the place means to us today. Here is the first history of the Massachusetts pond Thoreau made famous 150 years ago. W. Barksdale Maynard offers a lively and comprehensive account of Walden Pond from the early nineteenth century to the present. From Thoreau's first visit at age 4 in 1821-"That woodland vision for a long time made the drapery of my dreams"-to present day efforts both to conserve the pond and allow public access, Maynard captures Walden Pond's history and the role it has played in social, cultural, literary, and environmental movements in America. Along the way Maynard details the geography of the pond; Thoreau's and Emerson's experiences of Walden over their lifetimes; the development of the cult of Thoreau and the growth of the pond as a site of literary and spiritual pilgrimages; rock star Don Henley's Walden Woods Project and the much publicized battle to protect the pond from developers in the 1980s; and the vitally important ecological symbol Walden Pond has become today. Exhaustively researched, vividly written, and illustrated with historical photographs and the most detailed maps of Thoreau country yet created, Walden Pond: A History reveals the many ways an ordinary pond has come to be such an extraordinarily inspiring symbol.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780195181371
ISBN-10: 0195181379
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 155mm x 22mm)
Pages: 416
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 21-Apr-2005
Country of Publication: United States

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Books By Author W. Barksdale Maynard

Brandywine by W. Barksdale Maynard Brandywine, Hardback (October 2014)

Richly illustrated with seldom-seen historical photographs, paintings, and drawings, The Brandywine: An Intimate Portrait is the first book to trace the history and culture of the Brandywine Valley from colonial times to today.

Walden Pond by W. Barksdale Maynard Walden Pond, Hardback (January 2004)

A biography of Waldon Pond, interweaving social, cultural, and environmental history. The author details the geography of the pond, Thoreau and Emerson's experiences at the place over their lifetimes. This book is illustrated with original maps of Thoreau Country and historic photographs.

Architecture in the United States, 1800-1850 by W. Barksdale Maynard Architecture in the United States, 1800-1850, Hardback (October 2002)

This study traces the development of American architecture from the age of Jefferson to the antebellum era. The author seeks to overturn the long-accepted notion that the chief theme of early 19th-century American architecture was a patriotic desire to escape from European influence.

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Author Biography - W. Barksdale Maynard

W. Barksdale Maynard teaches architectural history at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Delaware and is the author of Architecture in the United States, 1800-1850. He has served as a consultant for The Walden Woods Project and was a visiting scholar at the Thoreau Institute at Walden Woods. He lives in Newark, Delaware.

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