The Journal, 1837-1861

Author: Henry David Thoreau,Damion Searls

Publisher: New York Review of Books

ISBN: 159017321X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 667

View: 7037

The largest one-volume edition of the American thinker's journals ever published captures the scope, rhythms, and variety of the work as a whole, exploring the source from which Thoreau drew his timeless books and essays. Original.

The Journal of Henry David Thoreau, 1837-1861

Author: Henry David Thoreau

Publisher: New York Review of Books

ISBN: 1590174402

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 704

View: 6137

Henry David Thoreau’s Journal was his life’s work: the daily practice of writing that accompanied his daily walks, the workshop where he developed his books and essays, and a project in its own right—one of the most intensive explorations ever made of the everyday environment, the revolving seasons, and the changing self. It is a treasure trove of some of the finest prose in English and, for those acquainted with it, its prismatic pages exercise a hypnotic fascination. Yet at roughly seven thousand pages, or two million words, it remains Thoreau’s least-known work. This reader’s edition, the largest one-volume edition of Thoreau’s Journal ever published, is the first to capture the scope, rhythms, and variety of the work as a whole. Ranging freely over the world at large, the Journal is no less devoted to the life within. As Thoreau says, “It is in vain to write on the seasons unless you have the seasons in you.”


Author: Henry David Thoreau,John C. Broderick,Robert Sattelmeyer,Heather Kirk Thomas

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691065373

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 480

View: 7883

From 1837 to 1861, Thoreau kept a Journal that began as a conventional record of ideas, grew into a writer's notebook, and eventually became the principal imaginative work of his career. The source of much of his published writing, the Journal is also a record of both his interior life and his monumental studies of the natural history of his native Concord, Massachusetts. In contrast to earlier editions, the Princeton Edition reproduces the Journal in its original and complete form, in a reading text that is free of editorial interpolations but keyed to a comprehensive scholarly apparatus. Journal 6 comprises a single manuscript notebook of nearly five hundred pages that Thoreau filled between March 9 and August 18, 1853. During this period, Thoreau divided his energies among his increasingly professional studies as a naturalist in Concord, the revision of his Walden manuscript, and surveying, which provided him a living and established him more securely as a contributing member of the Concord community. Thoreau's writing and his understanding of natural history were enriched by surveying, which gave him the opportunity to regularly observe seasonal occurrences and other natural events in and around Concord. Thoreau recorded these observations in his Journal, making both literary and scientific use of them. Substantial passages from Journal 6 were incorporated into the sixth draft of Walden, and its observations formed the basis for later compilations of field ecology. They are made available here, along with Journal entries, completely unrevised. This volume will delight all custodians of literary and natural history and be an essential addition to the libraries of all Thoreau devotees.

Zen Traces

Exploring American Zen with Twain and Thoreau

Author: Kenneth Kraft

Publisher: Paul Dry Books

ISBN: 1589881281

Category: Religion

Page: 178

View: 9586

As Zen takes root in the West, new forms arise. For centuries Zen masters have tested their students with “koans” and “capping phrases.” A koan is a spiritual paradox that must be solved intuitively. A capping phrase is a trenchant comment. Both are meditative practices that reveal deeper truths about the self and, ideally, lead to enlightenment. In Zen Traces, Buddhist scholar Kenneth Kraft plays off these practices in a new idiom. He selects passages from four sources: traditional Zen, present-day Zen, Henry David Thoreau, and Mark Twain. When a koan-like story about a contemporary Zen teacher is paired with a pithy comment by Mark Twain, something fresh emerges. “In this lovely book, Ken Kraft provides a unique opening for American Buddhism and American wisdom in general. The reader will come to fresh and spacious new insights and enjoyments… Cheers for Zen in America and a deep bow to Ken Kraft!”—POLLY YOUNG-EISENDRATH, Ph.D., author of The Present Heart: A Memoir of Love, Loss and Discovery “I highly recommend this delightful book of East-West wisdom—full of surprise, insight, wit, and piercing beauty.”—KATY BUTLER, author of Knocking on Heaven’s Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death

Eine Jugend


Author: Patrick Modiano

Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag

ISBN: 3518736574

Category: Fiction

Page: 187

View: 2119

Odile und Louis sind ein glückliches Paar, mit Tochter und Sohn leben sie in den Hochsavoyen, wo sie seit zwölf Jahren ein Kinderheim führen. Odile ist gerade 35 geworden. Jetzt erst sind die beiden in der Lage, sich an ihre Jugend zu erinnern, die sie in Paris verbrachten, wo sie zwielichtigen Geschäften nachgingen: Odile wurde von einem Polizisten als Lockvogel benutzt, und zusammen mit Louis brachte sie illegal Geld nach England für den Garagenbesitzer, für den Louis als Bote arbeitete. Aber sie haben rechtzeitig erkannt, wann es an der Zeit ist, sich nicht mehr in den Dienst anderer zu stellen ...

Jahrestage 3

Aus dem Leben von Gesine Cresspahl

Author: Uwe Johnson

Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag

ISBN: 351873072X

Category: Fiction

Page: 333

View: 6915

Tag für Tag, über ein Jahr hinweg, erzählt Gesine Cresspahl ihrer zehnjährigen Tochter Marie aus der eigenen Familiengeschichte, vom Leben in Mecklenburg in der Weimarer Republik, während der Herrschaft der Nazis, in der sich anschließenden sowjetischen Besatzungszone und den ersten Jahren in der DDR. Zugleich schildert der Roman das alltägliche Leben von Mutter und Tochter in der Metropole New York im Epochejahr 1967/1968, inmitten von Vietnamkriegs- und Studentenprotesten. In den »Jahrestagen« entfaltet Uwe Johnson ein einzigartiges Panorama deutscher Geschichte im 20. Jahrhundert – eine »Lese-Weltreise« (Reinhard Baumgart) in die bewegte New Yorker Gegenwart des Jahres 1968 und zugleich in die Geschichte einer deutschen Familie seit der Weimarer Republik.

American Environmental Fiction, 1782–1847

Author: Matthew Wynn Sivils

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317182324

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 196

View: 1751

While Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau are often credited with inventing American environmental writing, Matthew Wynn Sivils argues that the works of these Transcendentalists must be placed within a larger literary tradition that has its origins in early Republic natural histories, Indian captivity narratives, Gothic novels, and juvenile literature. Authors such as William Bartram, Ann Eliza Bleecker, and Samuel Griswold Goodrich, to name just a few, enabled the development of a credibly American brand of proto-environmental fiction. Sivils argues that these seeds of environmental literature would come to fruition in James Fenimore Cooper’s The Pioneers, which he argues is the first uniquely environmental American novel. He then connects the biogeographical politics of Cooper’s The Prairie with European anti-Americanism; and concludes this study by examining how James Kirke Paulding, Thomas Cole, and James Fenimore Cooper imaginatively addressed the problem of human culpability and nationalistic cohesiveness in the face of natural disasters. With their focus on the character and implications of the imagined American landscape, these key works of early environmental thought contributed to the growing influence of the natural environment on the identity of the fledgling nation decades before the influences of Emerson's Nature and Thoreau's Walden.

Vom Spazieren

ein Essay

Author: Henry David Thoreau

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783257234633


Page: 87

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The Writer's Eye

Observation and Inspiration for Creative Writers

Author: Amy E. Weldon

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 135002533X

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 232

View: 4931

Learning to write starts with learning to do one big thing: pay attention to the world around you, even though just about everything in modern life makes this more difficult than it needs to be. Developing habits and practices of observing, and writing down what you notice, can be the first step away from the anxieties and doubts that can hold you back from your ultimate goal as a writer: discovering something to say and a voice to say it in. The Writer's Eye is an inspiring guide for writers at all stages of their writing lives. Drawing on new research into creative writers and their relationship with the physical world, Amy E. Weldon shows us how to become more attentive observers of the world and find inspiration in any environment. Including exercises, writing prompts and sample texts and spanning multiple genres from novels to nonfiction to poetry, this is the ideal starting point for anyone beginning to write seriously and offers refreshing perspectives for experienced writers seeking new inspiration.