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HENRY DAVID THOREAU was the last male descendant of a French ancestor who came to this country from the Isle of Guernsey. His character exhibited occasional traits drawn from this blood in singular combination with a very strong Saxon genius. He was born in Concord, Massachusetts, on the 12th of July, 1817. He was graduated at Harvard College in 1837, but without any literary distinction. An iconoclast in literature, he seldom thanked colleges for their service to him, holding them in small esteem, whilst yet his debt to them was important. After leaving the University, he joined his brother in teaching a private school, which he soon renounced. His father was a manufacturer of lead-pencils, and Henry applied himself for a time to this craft, believing he could make a better pencil than was then in use. After completing his experiments, he exhibited his work to chemists and artists in Boston, and having obtained their certificates to its excellence and to its equality with the best London manufacture, he returned home contented. His friends congratulated him that he had now opened his way to fortune. But he replied, that he should never make another pencil. "Why should I? I would not do again what I have done once." He resumed his endless walks and miscellaneous studies, making every day some new acquaintance with Nature, though as yet never speaking of zoölogy or botany, since, though very studious of natural facts, he was incurious of technical and textual science. --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché .

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Henry David Thoreau (July 12, 1817 – May 6, 1862) was an American author, poet, philosopher, abolitionist, naturalist, tax resister, development critic, surveyor, historian, and leading transcendentalist. He is best known for his book Walden, a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings, and his essay Resistance to Civil Government (also known as Civil Disobedience), an argument for disobedience to an unjust state. --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché .


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For Thoreau fans 7 mai 2008
Par Schuyler - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is not a book for the first-time or even second-time reader of Thoreau, but for Thoreau fans, especially those familiar with the Princeton University Press edition of the Writings of Henry David Thoreau, the publication of this book is an event. The Princeton series, for those not familiar with it, is the definitive edition of the writings, with exhaustively researched texts and detailed textual introductions and notes, in this case for each of the essays included in this volume. "Excursions" is a welcome addition to the series. There are relatively few notes identifying named individuals and quotations in the text, and for that kind of annotation I would recommend the Library of America edition of the Essays and Poems, another excellent volume.
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Free Kindle Version is not bad... 19 octobre 2011
Par Christopher T. Dahle - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I enjoy reading Henry David Thoreau and have a number of his books and articles on my shelves, but since buying a Kindle, I thought it would be nice to have some of his works available on the Kindle, and it is, but I think maybe it's worth it to pay a little bit for a version that has a clickable table of contents and so forth.
Varied Collection 18 juillet 2006
Par Erika Mitchell - Publié sur Amazon.com
This is a collection of essays and travelogues written by Thoreau reprinted mainly from journals such as the Atlantic Monthly to which Thoreau was a frequent contributor. The contents are:

--A Yankee in Concord

--Natural History of Massachusetts

--A Walk to Wachusett

--The Landlord

--A Winter Walk

--The Succession of Forest Trees

--Walking

--Autumnal Tints

--Wild Apples

--Night and Moonlight

--May Days

--Days and Nights in Concord

The first essay is a longish travelogue about a short trip to Quebec City, in which Thoreau describes his experiences during the trip, such as how he traveled, with whom he stayed, and notes on the flora and fauna he encountered along the way. The other essays are more concerned with the observations of Thoreau as a naturalist, while there is often a significant philosophical content as well.

Certainly, Thoreau was very observant, and the scientific accuracy of essays such as The Succession of Trees is remarkable, given what was generally known about the topic at the time. On observation, Thoreau writes "Wisdom does not inspect, but behold....We do not learn by inference and deduction and the application of mathematics to philosophy, but by direct intercourse and sympathy." On enjoying the golden colors of the fall, he notes "Wealth indoors may be the inheritance of few, but it is equally distributed on the Common." He instructs "Objects are concealed from our view, not so much because they are out of the course of our visual ray as because we do not bring our minds and eyes to bear on them; for there is no power to see in the eye itself, any more than in any jelly...There is just as much beauty visible to us in the landscape as we are prepared to appreciate,--not a grain more." All in all, this collection of essays is well chosen, and includes many of Thoreau's well-known short works.
. 24 juin 2014
Par Vah-keys - Publié sur Amazon.com
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"I had walked over those Great Fields so many Augusts, and never yet distinctly recognized these purple companions that I had there. I had brushed against them and trodden on them, forsooth; but now, at last, they, as it were, rose up and blessed me. Beauty and true wealth are always thus cheap and despised. Heaven might be defined as the place which men avoid."
A Timeless Good Read 21 avril 2014
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Great examples of what a fine naturalist Thoreau was, and good models to follow for those just starting out on their calling to observe nature.
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