Excursions

Excursions Excursions presents texts of nine essays including some of Henry D Thoreau s most engaging and popular works newly edited and based on the most authoritative versions of each These essays represent

  • Title: Excursions
  • Author: Henry David Thoreau
  • ISBN: 9780691064505
  • Page: 178
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Excursions presents texts of nine essays, including some of Henry D Thoreau s most engaging and popular works, newly edited and based on the most authoritative versions of each These essays represent Thoreau in many stages of his writing career, ranging from 1842 when he accepted Emerson s commission to review four volumes of botanical and zoological catalogues in an esExcursions presents texts of nine essays, including some of Henry D Thoreau s most engaging and popular works, newly edited and based on the most authoritative versions of each These essays represent Thoreau in many stages of his writing career, ranging from 1842 when he accepted Emerson s commission to review four volumes of botanical and zoological catalogues in an essay that was published in The Dial as Natural History of Massachusetts to 1862, when he prepared Wild Apples, a lecture he had delivered during the Concord Lyceum s 1859 1860 season, for publication in the Atlantic Monthly after his death Three other early meditations on natural history and human nature, A Winter Walk, A Walk to Wachusett, and The Landlord, were originally published in 1842 and 1843 Lively, light pieces, they reveal Thoreau s early use of themes and approaches that recur throughout his work A Yankee in Canada, a book length account of an 1850 trip to Quebec that was published in part in 1853, is a fitting companion to Cape Cod and The Maine Woods, Thoreau s other long accounts of explorations of internal as well as external geography In the last four essays, The Succession of Forest Trees 1860 , Autumnal Tints 1862 , Walking 1862 , and Wild Apples 1862 , Thoreau describes natural and philosophical phenomena with a breadth of view and generosity of tone that are characteristic of his mature writing In their skillful use of precisely observed details to arrive at universal conclusions, these late essays exemplify Transcendental natural history at its best.

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    • Henry David Thoreau

      Henry David Thoreau born David Henry Thoreau was an American author, naturalist, transcendentalist, tax resister, development critic, philosopher, and abolitionist who is best known for Walden, a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings, and his essay, Civil Disobedience, an argument for individual resistance to civil government in moral opposition to an unjust state.Thoreau s books, articles, essays, journals, and poetry total over 20 volumes Among his lasting contributions were his writings on natural history and philosophy, where he anticipated the methods and findings of ecology and environmental history, two sources of modern day environmentalism.In 1817, Henry David Thoreau was born in Massachusetts He graduated from Harvard University in 1837, taught briefly, then turned to writing and lecturing Becoming a Transcendentalist and good friend of Emerson, Thoreau lived the life of simplicity he advocated in his writings His two year experience in a hut in Walden, on land owned by Emerson, resulted in the classic, Walden Life in the Woods 1854 During his sojourn there, Thoreau refused to pay a poll tax in protest of slavery and the Mexican war, for which he was jailed overnight His activist convictions were expressed in the groundbreaking On the Duty of Civil Disobedience 1849 In a diary he noted his disapproval of attempts to convert the Algonquins from their own superstitions to new ones In a journal he noted dryly that it is appropriate for a church to be the ugliest building in a village, because it is the one in which human nature stoops to the lowest and is the most disgraced Cited by James A Haught in 2000 Years of Disbelief When Parker Pillsbury sought to talk about religion with Thoreau as he was dying from tuberculosis, Thoreau replied One world at a time Thoreau s philosophy of nonviolent resistance influenced the political thoughts and actions of such later figures as Leo Tolstoy, Mohandas K Gandhi, and Martin Luther King, Jr D 1862.More platoanford entries thooreauerver enpedia wiki Henry_Daanscendentalism legacy.tamuography people henry

    372 thoughts on “Excursions


    • This volume contains several works by Thoreau including Wild Apples, which I have reviewed elsewhere as a standalone piece.Always interesting, Thoreau supplies vivid descriptions of his New England surroundings including flora and fauna, plus the odd human. Interesting, yes, but also somewhat tiresome as in Autumnal Tints (and Wild Apples as well). Thoreau seems determined, to a fault, to show off his intimate knowledge and bold conclusions especially when the casual reader would think that cert [...]


    • At last, I delved into works of this classic nature writer. And I just happened to read Autumnal Tints surrounded by trees playing with countless colors. Thoreau's genius is in the rare intersection of great observatory talent, creative use of language (although this evolved a lot throughout his life and later texts are far more linguistically mature and creative than the old ones), and, most importantly, a strong sensitivity for wild nature refined on his everyday walks and longer retreats. Bot [...]


    • I really liked so many of his observations and amazing attention to some of the smallest detail in the natural world. That he could spend 4-5 hours Walking each day is astounding, and he is certainly fortunate to have had Emerson as such a supportive friend (both intellectually AND temporally) which leads me to one thing I found kind of disappointing in Thoreau: his inability to appreciate hard work. He offered some light, respectful tributes to farmers and other tradesmen (and he LOVED the Innk [...]


    • "Books of natural history make the most cheerful winter reading."So does the works of Thoreau. A typical Transcendental read for all seasons, especially "in the depth of winter."


    • This series of essays are interesting in their systematic yet somewhat unscientific exploration of nature. Thoreau comes across as a poet who wishes he were a scientist, and ends up with this as the middle ground. His love of nature and country are admirable. My favorite entries were the first, which is essentially a book review of a natural survey commissioned by the state legislature, and "Autumnal Tints". Thoreau had a tendency to start with a fairly specific topic about nature, but end up wi [...]


    • Zajímavý sborník filosoficky až poeticky laděných esejů o přírodě a jejích krásách, které nám mnohdy zůstávají skryty, protože se po nich neumíme dívat. Především slavná "Chůze" a méně slavné, ale vynikající "Podzimní barvy" rozhodně stojí za přečtení. 9/10



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