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Walden and Civil Disobedience, 1st Edition

  • Henry David Thoreau
  • Paul Lauter Trinity College, General Editor
  • ISBN-10: 0395980771  |  ISBN-13: 9780395980774
  • 448 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 1961
  • © 2000 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $26.25



In addition to pairing Thoreau's two famous works, this volume contains a large section entitled "Contexts and Comments," which includes essays, letters, and excerpts contextualizing and further expanding on Thoreau's themes. Some of the world's most prominent humanitarians and authors have been influenced by and have responded to Thoreau's seminal works; this new edition features writings by Angelina Grimké, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Mary Wilkins Freeman, Leo Tolstoy, Mohandas Gandhi, and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Table of Contents

A Note on the Text and Title of "Civil Disobedience" and the Text of Walden
I. Civil Disobedience
II. Walden
1. Economy
2. Where I Lived, and What I Lived For
3. Reading
4. Sounds
5. Solitude
6. Visitors
7. The Bean-Field
8. The Village
9. The Ponds
10. Baker Farm
11. Higher Laws
12. Brute Neighbors
13. House-Warming
14. Former Inhabitants; and Winter Visitors
15. Winter Animals
16. The Pond in Winter
17. Spring
III. Contexts and Comments
Angelina E. Grimké, from "Appeal to the Christian Women of the South" (1836)
William Whipper, from Speech Delivered at the First African Presbyterian Church (1837)
William Lloyd Garrison, "Declaration of Sentiments" (1838)
Orestes A. Brownson, from "The Labroring Classes" (1840)
Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Man the Reformer" (1841)
Elizabeth Palmer Peabody, from "Plan of the West Roxbury Community" (1842)
Charles Lane and A. Bronson Alcott, from Letter to A. Brooke (1843)
Henry Highland Garnet, "Address to the Slaves of the United States of America" (1843)
George Ripley, "Life in Association" (1845)
William Henry Channing, "To the Associationists of the United States" (1846)
Louisa May Alcott, "Transcendental Wild Oats" (1873)
Mary Wilkins Freman, "A Church Mouse" (1891)
Leo Tolstoy, Letter to Dr. Eugen Heinrich Schmitt (n.d., c. 1895)
Leo Tolstoy, "The Beginning of the End"
John Albert Macy, "Thoreau" (1908)
Mohandas K. Gandhi, A Selection from His Writings, 1919-1940
Martin Luther King, Jr., from Stride Toward Freedom (1958)
Martin Luther King, Jr., "A Legacy of Creative Protest" (1962)
Works Cited
For Futher Reading

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Paul Lauter

Paul Lauter is the Smith Professor of Literature at Trinity College. He has served as president of the American Studies Association and is a major figure in the revision of the American literary canon.