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Description - Walden and Civil Disobedience by Henry Thoreau

Disdainful of America?s booming commercialism and industrialism, Henry David Thoreau left Concord, Massachusetts, in 1845 to live in solitude in the woods near Walden Pond. Walden, the account of his stay, conveys at once a naturalist?s wonder at the commonplace and a Transcendentalist?s yearning for spiritual truth and self-reliance. But even as Thoreau disentangled himself from worldly matters, his musings were often disturbed by his social conscience. Civil Disobedience, also included in this volume, expresses his antislavery and antiwar sentiments, and has influenced non-violent resistance movements worldwide. Both give a rewarding insight into a free-minded, principled and idiosyncratic man.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780140390445
ISBN-10: 0140390448
Format: Paperback / softback
(195mm x 130mm x 15mm)
Pages: 432
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 26-Jan-1984
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Henry Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau (1817-62) was born in Concord, Massachusetts and educated at Harvard. He became a follower and a friend of Emerson, and described himself as a mystic and a transcendentalist. Although he published only two books in his lifetime, Walden (from which this book is taken) is regarded as a literary masterpeice and one of the most significant books of the 19th century.

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