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Life in the Woods

By Henry David Thoreau
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Walden: Life in the Woods by Henry David Thoreau

Walden (1854) is the result of the two years Henry David Thoreau spent in the woods on the north shore of Walden Pond, a lake in Massachusetts. It is both a practical and philosophical account of how he sustained himself through farming and by building his own house, and what he learned about human nature by living a simpler life. Although it was a deeply personal experience, Thoreau’s approach to society teaches us how we, too, can approach the modern world.

  • Students of philosophy and literature
  • Environmentalists and nature enthusiasts
  • Readers who support a move back to simple living

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) was an avid essayist, poet and philosopher. Thoreau spent much of his life exploring the relationship people have with nature, work and government. He is considered one of the leaders of the transcendentalist movement in nineteenth-century America.

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