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Presenting essays by a distinguished array of contributors, the Companion is a valuable resource for historical and contextual material, whether on early writings such as "A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers," on the monumental Walden, or on Thoreau's assorted journals and later books. It also serves in some ways as a biographical guide, offering new insights into his turbulent publishing career, and his brief but extraordinarily original life.

"Taken together, the essays provide a comprehensive guide to how to read, understand, and appreciate Thoreau....Myerson should be commended for selecting and gathering the very best on Thoreau in a single slim volume." Choice"...this volume works splendidly well both for beginning students and for seasoned Thoreauvians, several of the most distinguished being among Myerson's contributors." Nineteenth-Century Literature Presenting essays by distinguished contributors, this collection is a valuable resource for historical and contextual material, whether on early writings like "A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers," the monumental Walden, or on Thoreau's assorted journals and later books.

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  • PDF | 248 pages
  • Cambridge University Press (June 30, 1995)
  • English
  • 3
  • Literature & Fiction

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  • By thirdtwin on May 26, 2016

    Helps to put Thoreau's work in some kind of context but is of course fragmented due to the way it's written and you'll want to supplement it with other books since no single volume of criticism can interpret and contextualize Thoreau's work completely by itself. You'll need other books for more detail and a wider view of the authors writing. And of course Thoreau's work is open to many different interpretations and as much as we know about his life there are still facts that can't be gleaned out with printed editions and need further research in the archives of his unpublished papers for a clearer view of his life and times so you'll want other books to go with this.

  • By A customer on November 4, 2000

    This guide to Thoreau's work is a collection of thirteen essays by academic experts. Its topics include the evolution of Thoreau's reputation, the impact of Concord on his life and views, and the effects of his friendship with Emerson. Other essays discuss each of Thoreau's major works, placing them in the context of his life, his times, and his beliefs. Ronald Hoag's comments on Thoreau's natural history writings (whose topics include such seemingly unpoetic subjects as the dispersion of seeds) are especially helpful. They tie these seemingly disconnected "scientific works" to Thoreau's other writings by illuminating the philosophical threads that unite them. Best of all, most of the essays in this book are superbly written, in contrast to so many academic productions. They are clear, balanced, sensible, straightforward, well informed, and highly illuminating. My understanding and appreciation of Thoreau's work has been greatly enhanced by this remarkable book, which I strongly recommend. If you like Thoreau, you can buy this book with the assurance that it will enhance -- not disrupt -- your enjoyment.


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