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The Maine woods /
by Henry David Thoreau ; introduction by Edward Hoagland.
New York, N.Y. : Penguin Books, 1988.
xxxiii, 442 p. ; 20 cm.
0140170138 (pbk.) :
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New York, N.Y. : Penguin Books, 1988.
0140170138 (pbk.) :
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Includes index.
Reprint, with new introd. Originally published: Boston : Ticknor & Fields, 1864.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Paul Theroux is a novelist and travel writer. His most recent book is The Stranger at the Palazzo d'Oro and Other Stories. Among his other books are the novels Chicago Loop and Mosquito Coast. He lives on Cape Cod and in Hawaii.
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Also editor of Walden: A Fully Annotated Edition (CH, Jan'05, 42-2677) and I to Myself: An Annotated Selection from the Journal of Henry D. Thoreau (CH, Apr'08, 45-4242), Cramer (curator of collections, The Thoreau Institute) has produced another must-read text. Cramer annotates "Ktaadn," "Chesuncook," and "The Allegash and East Branch." Presenting the annotations and text side by side, he provides clear, concise illumination with a light touch and limited mostly (but not entirely) to historical information on the people, places, legislative acts, and texts to which Thoreau alludes. Sometimes Cramer connects ideas in the texts to Thoreau's journal or other works. Overall, the annotations invoke a cultural and intellectual context for Thoreau's narratives, clarifying, complicating, and enriching the texts. For copy, Cramer relied on the first printed versions of the essays, regularizing some of the spelling and punctuation but punctiliously identifying emendations. This delightful work not only contributes to the scholarly study of Thoreau but also increases accessibility to Thoreau's works. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty; general readers. G. D. MacDonald Virginia State University
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Main Description
"What a wilderness walk for a man to take alone!...Here was traveling of the old heroic kind over the unaltered face of nature." Henry David Thoreau Over a period of three years, Thoreau made three trips to the largely unexplored woods of Maine. He climbed mountains, paddled a canoe by moonlight, and dined on cedar beer, hemlock tea and moose lips. Taking notes constantly, Thoreau was just as likely to turn his observant eye to the habits and languages of the Abnaki Indians or the arduous life of the logger as he was to the workings of nature. He acutely observed the rivers, lakes, mountains, wolves, moose, and stars in the dark sky. He also told of nights sitting by the campfire, and of meeting men who communicated with each other by writing on the trunks of trees. In The Maine Woods , Thoreau captured a wilder side of America and revealed his own adventurous spirit.
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With Abnaki guides, Thoreau climbed Mt. Katahdin and hiked deep into the Maine woods to places where one "might live and die and never hear of the United States". His accurate, evocative descriptions still reflect his belief that man himself is a part of the natural world.
Table of Contents
Map of the Maine Woodsp. viii
Introductionp. ix
Ktaadnp. 3
Chesuncookp. 84
The Allegash and East Branchp. 157
Appendixp. 298
Flowers and Shrubs
List of Plants
List of Birds
Outfit for an Excursion
A List of Indian Words
Indexp. 327
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