This summation of his life's work, published posthumously in 1862, became a seminal influence in the modern environmental movement and is no less relevant today than 150 years ago. "Above all, we cannot afford not to live in the present," he wrote. He extolled walking as a delightful and necessary idleness, an antidote to the burdens of civilization, a means of immersing ourselves in nature and awakening to the moment.
"Walking" is recognized by most scholars as Thoreau's "other" masterpiece, Walden in a more concise form. In the introduction of this edition, Adam Tuchinsky accessibly and engagingly unpacks the essay's nineteenth-century associations, highlights the startling modernity of its sentiments, and reveals why Thoreau remains the towering figure in the history of American nature writing. Exquisite contemporary nature photographs curated by Denise Froehlich grace this handsome book.
B&W nature photos from Kurito Koichiro and other fine art photographers captioned with memorable lines from Thoreau's writings.
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About the AuthorHenry David Thoreau (1817-1862) was an American writer, thinker, naturalist, and leading transcendental philosopher. Graduating from Harvard, Thoreau's academic fortitude inspired much of his political thought and lead to him being an early and unequivocal adopter of the abolition movement. This ideology inspired his writing of Civil Disobedience and countless other works that contributed to his influence on society. Inspired by the principals of transcendental philosophy and desiring to experience spiritual awakening and enlightenment through nature, Thoreau worked hard at reforming his previous self into a man of immeasurable self-sufficiency and contentment. It was through Thoreau's dedicated pursuit of knowledge that some of the most iconic works on transcendentalism were created.
Adam Tuchinsky is Associate Professor of History at the University of Southern Maine.