Excursions: (Writings of Henry D. Thoreau)

Excursions: (Writings of Henry D. Thoreau) 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 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 , When He Prepared Wild Apples, A Lecture He Had Delivered During The Concord Lyceum S 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 And 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 Trip To Quebec That Was Published In Part In , 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 , Autumnal Tints , Walking , And Wild Apples , 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

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

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10 thoughts on “Excursions: (Writings of Henry D. Thoreau)

  1. says:

    Not as good as Walden but completely necessary read for the Thoreauvian ahemme.

  2. says:

    Nature writing suffused by romanticism Wild Apples prefigures locavorism.

  3. says:

    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 certainly there can not be that much to say about a particular topic e.g fall colors.The real gem in this work, for me, is not by Thoreau at all but is the Biographical Sketch of Thoreau by R.W Emerson It is well written and very informative It is an intimate portrait that includes quotes from Thoreau and one or two of his acquaintances it is hard to say friends as Thoreau s personality was such that one friend is quoted as saying, I love Henry, but I cannot like him While extolling the fine qualities and remarkable talents of his subject, Emerson does not soften the picture he draws, even if the sketch was composed soon after Thoreau s death He notes the penchant for contrariness and the use of unexpected and sometimes enigmatic, sometimes humorous turns of speech such as, It was so dry, that you might call it wet And which food does he like the best The nearest The anecdote about Thoreau convincing the University librarian, who did not want to lend books due to a certain library rule, that he, Thoreau, and not the librarian was in fact the proper custodian of the requested volumes, is priceless He got the books.On the whole, I can recommend this collection The pieces are short, and easy to read and if you have interest at all in Thoreau and or the topics he covers, you will no doubt enjoy at least some of the contents.

  4. says:

    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 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 Both his familiarity with wild things and their ways and his writing style reminded me closely of David Abram I will probably try to read Walden once When I tried to do it few years back, I became bored after few dozens of pages somewhere around the part where he counts bills for logs for his cabin I was probably not ready for reading it then, so I hope I am now And btw., you probably know Thoreau as a transcendentalist following up in Emerson s footsteps But after reading Max Oelschlaeger s The Idea of Wilderness the chapter dedicated to Thoreau, mostly , I m very inclined to believe his interpretation of Thoreau breaking up with the transcendentalist tradition and developing his own philosophy of wilderness based based on the premise that meaning lies directly in the unmediated experience of nature rather than in a transcendental realm of God Reading him from this perspective is not only very inspiring but also a lot truer somehow.

  5. says:

    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.

  6. says:

    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 with a lyrical philosophizing that may or may not feel relevant to the original idea In Autumnal Tints , though, he stays on topic with the description of the trees of Massachusetts in autumn, and he allows his descriptive gifts to shine as gloriously as the foliage Likewise, the first essay has its book to comment upon, which keeps it on topic We are treated to what may be the most lyric book review ever, and one that is probably enjoyable than its source material Other entries tend to meander a bit.

  7. says:

    Zaj mav sborn k filosoficky a poeticky lad n ch esej o p rod a jej ch kr s ch, kter n m mnohdy z st vaj skryty, proto e se po nich neum me d vat P edev m slavn Ch ze a m n slavn , ale vynikaj c Podzimn barvy rozhodn stoj za p e ten 9 10

  8. says:

    Taught me to look for beauty where I wouldn t necessary have looked before.

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