Walden and Civil Disobedience

Walden and Civil Disobedience


Introduction by: Michael Meyer

Format
Paperback
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  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140390445
  • 432 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult

Overview


‘If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music he hears, however measured or far away.’ Disdainful of America’s growing commercialism and industrialism, Henry David Thoreau left Concord, Massachusetts, in 1845 to live in solitude in the woods by Walden Pond. Walden, the classic account of his stay there, 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 solitary musings were often disturbed by his social conscience. ‘Civil Disobedience’, expressing his antislavery and antiwar sentiments, has influenced nonviolent resistance movements worldwide. Michael Meyer’s introduction points out that Walden is not so much an autobiographical study as a ‘shining example’ of Transcendental individualism. So, too, ‘Civil Disobedience’ is less a call to political activism than a statement of Thoreau’s insistence on living a life of principle.

Table of Contents

Introduction by Michael Meyer

Suggestions for Further Reading
A Note on the Texts

Walden
Economy
Where I Lived, and What I Lived For
Reading
Sounds
Solitude
Visitors
The Bean-Field
The Village
The Ponds
Baker Farm
Higher Laws
Brute Neighbors
House-Warming
Former Inhabitants; and Winter Visitors
Winter Animals
The Pond in Winter
Spring
Conclusion

“Civil Disobedience”

Notes for Walden
Notes for “Civil Disobedience”

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