The Journal, 1837-1861

Author: Henry David Thoreau,Damion Searls

Publisher: New York Review of Books

ISBN: 159017321X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 667

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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

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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.”

Zen Traces

Exploring American Zen with Twain and Thoreau

Author: Kenneth Kraft

Publisher: Paul Dry Books

ISBN: 1589881281

Category: Religion

Page: 178

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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

Henry David Thoreau

Waldgänger und Rebell. Eine Biographie

Author: Frank Schäfer

Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag

ISBN: 3518752162

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 253

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Am 12. Juli 2017 jährt sich der 200. Geburtstag von Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862), dem Aussteiger, Naturfreund, störrischen und faszinierenden Freigeist und Rebellen – der zum amerikanischen Nationalheiligen wurde. Aus diesem Anlass erscheint jetzt die erste umfassende deutsche Biographie. Wer war dieser Mensch, der, aufgewachsen als Sohn eines Bleistiftfabrikanten, in Harvard alte Sprachen studierte und die antiken Klassiker im Original las? Seine Karriere als Lehrer aufs Spiel setzte, weil er sich weigerte, seine Schüler mit dem Rohrstock zu malträtieren. Der sich, ein 28-jähriger menschenscheuer Junggeselle, zwei Jahre, zwei Monate und zwei Tage in eine selbstgebaute Blockhütte am Waldensee zurückzog, um außerhalb aller gesellschaftlicher Konventionen zu leben, und darüber ein Buch schrieb, das bis heute Pflichtlektüre für jeden Amerikaner geblieben ist: Walden. Der lieber ins Gefängnis ging, als die USA mit Steuergeldern für ihre Sklavenpolitik und den expandierenden Mexiko-Krieg zu unterstützen, und darüber sein Traktat »Über die Pflicht zum Ungehorsam gegen den Staat« verfasste, das zum Kanon politischer Protestliteratur gehört, das Mahatma Gandhi als Lehrbuch an seine Schüler verteilte, das Martin Luther King und die amerikanische Bürgerrechtsbewegung im Marschgepäck trugen und das die Occupy-Bewegung heute für sich entdeckt hat. Frank Schäfers wissenschaftlich fundierte, spannend erzählte Biographie des einflussreichen Denkers, Politikers und Schriftstellers beantwortet diese Fragen. Er zeichnet das Porträt eines Mannes, dessen »Experimente« und Bücher die Welt verändert haben und heute aktueller denn je sind.

A Companion to the Antebellum Presidents, 1837 - 1861

Author: Joel H. Silbey

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118609298

Category: History

Page: 496

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A Companion to the Antebellum Presidents presents a series of original essays exploring our historical understanding of the role and legacy of the eight U.S. presidents who served in the significant period between 1837 and the start of the Civil War in 1861. Explores and evaluates the evolving scholarly reception of Presidents Van Buren, Harrison, Tyler, Polk, Taylor, Fillmore, Pierce, and Buchanan, including their roles, behaviors, triumphs, and failures Represents the first single-volume reference to gather together the historiographic literature on the Antebellum Presidents Brings together original contributions from a team of eminent historians and experts on the American presidency Reveals insights into presidential leadership in the quarter century leading up to the American Civil War Offers fresh perspectives into the largely forgotten men who served during one of the most decisive quarter centuries of United States history

American Environmental Fiction, 1782–1847

Author: Matthew Wynn Sivils

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317182324

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 196

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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.


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

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691065373

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 480

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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.


Meditations on the Wild Animals Among Us

Author: Tai Moses

Publisher: Parallax Press

ISBN: 1937006689

Category: Nature

Page: 272

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To be alienated from animals is to live a life that is not quite whole, contends nature writer Tai Moses in Zooburbia: Meditations On The Wild Animals Among Us. Urban and suburban residents share their environment with many types of wildlife: squirrels, birds, spiders, and increasingly lizards, deer, and coyote. Many of us crave more contact with wild creatures, and recognize the small and large ways animals enrich our lives, yet don’t notice the animals already around us. Zooburbia reveals the reverence that can be felt in the presence of animals and shows how that reverence connects us to a deeper, better part of ourselves. A lively blend of memoir, natural history, and mindfulness practices, Zooburbia makes the case for being mindful and compassionate stewards—and students—of the wildlife with whom we coexist. With lessons on industriousness, perseverance, presence, exuberance, gratitude, aging, how to let go, and much more, Tai's vignettes share the happy fact that none of us is alone and separate, and that our teachers are right in front of us. We need only go outdoors with our eyes and ears open to find a rapport with the animal kingdom. Zooburbia is a magnifying lens turned to our everyday environment, reminding us that we, as individuals and as a species, are not alone. Illustrated by Dave Buchen with original black and white wildlife linocuts.

Eating Wildly

Foraging for Life, Love and the Perfect Meal

Author: Ava Chin

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451656211

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

View: 8096

A Simon & Schuster eBook. Simon & Schuster has a great book for every reader.

Eve’s Hollywood

Author: Eve Babitz

Publisher: Heyne Verlag

ISBN: 3641226449

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

View: 2879

Kennen Sie Eve Babitz? Journalistin, Partygirl, Künstlerin, Muse: Bis zu ihrem dreißigsten Lebensjahr hatte Eve Babitz bereits jede dieser Rollen inne. Schon als Kind war sie Teil der kulturellen Bohème Kaliforniens. Zu erster Berühmtheit gelangte sie als nackte Schönheit am Schachtisch mit Marcel Duchamps und als eine von Ed Ruschas Five 1965 Girlfriends. Doch ihr erstes Buch zeigt Babitz als Schriftstellerin mit eigener Stimme und eigenen Geschichten. So erzählt sie von entzückenden Highschool-Schönheiten, beneidenswert tätowierten Chicanas und Rockstars, die ihren Rausch im Chateau Marmont ausschlafen. In ihren scheinbar beiläufigen Anekdoten verdichten sich Glamour, Witz und Tragik auf einzigartige Weise. Hier lernen wir die wahre Schönheit von Los Angeles kennen: Zitrusbäume wiegen sich im Wind, immer bis zum nächsten Erdbeben.