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Henry David Thoreau, Jeffrey S. Cramer (Editor)


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This new selection of Thoreau's essays traces his trajectory as a writer for the outlets of his day the periodical press, newspapers, and compendiums and as a frequent presenter on the local lecture circuit. By arranging the writings chronologically, the volume re-creates the experience of Thoreau's readers as they followed his developing ideas over time.

Jeffrey S. Cramer, award-winning editor of six previous volumes of works by Thoreau, offers the most accurate text available for each essay and provides convenient on-page annotations. He establishes context and guides the reader through unfamiliar allusions and references, plumbing the depths of Thoreau's writings with unprecedented insight.

Among the essays in this book:
. The Last Days of John Brown
. Resistance to Civil Government Civil Disobedience]
. Thomas Carlyle and His Works
. Natural History of Massachusetts
. and many more

Praise For Essays

Praise for Walden: A Fully Annotated Edition:

 “A definitive text. . . . With Cramer’s notes, readers and re-readers will find the text both deeper and more accessible.”—Julie Dunlap, Audubon Naturalist News

-Julie Dunlap

 “The most authoritative edition of Walden yet to appear, an edition supported by the most extensive and useful annotations ever offered.”—Choice


 “Meticulous and often fascinating annotations.”—Robert Finch, Los Angeles Times

-Robert Finch

"Cramer’s side notes are like short, illuminating conversations.”—Jacqueline Blais, USA Today
-Jacqueline Blais

Praise for The Maine Woods:
"Thanks to the detailed glosses Cramer provides, each [new] volume is a vade mecum for the Thoreauvian. . . . They are treasure troves of valuable information."—Robert E. Burkholder, The New England Quarterly

-Robert E. Burkholder

Praise for I to Myself:“A richly rewarding, deeply satisfying volume.”—Robert D. Richardson, Thoreau Society Bulletin

-Robert D. Richardson

"A well-rounded portrait of the writer and his world . . . An accessible entry into the thoughts, feelings, and preoccupations of this unique American author."—Library Journal

-Library Journal

“[A] well-conceived selection.”—John Wilson, Christianity Today

-John Wilson

"[An] exceptional collection of the author's most widely-read essays . . . superb and comprehensive."—Sharon Britton, Library Journal

-Sharon Britton

Yale University Press, 9780300164985, 426pp.

Publication Date: May 21, 2013

About the Author

Jeffrey S. Cramer is Curator of Collections, The Thoreau Institute at Walden Woods, and editor of six previous volumes by Henry D. Thoreau.