Thoreau sW ai den it has seemed best to lay the emphasis on the literary and human qualities of the book rather than on the philosophy contained in it. Much of the latter is beyond the full comprehension of youthful readers, and anything like a thorough discussion of it would be out of place here. The text used is that of theW alden Edition, which is as yet sold only by sub scription to the entire set ofT horeau swritings. This text was revised with some care at the time of the printing of theW alden Edition in 1906, and has now again been subjected to the most careful scrutiny in the course of the annotation for the present edition. It is therefore believed to be very nearly free from errors, except such as the author alone is responsible for. No attempt has been made, of course, to correct the slight misstatements of fact which are likely to be found in the works of any author, but such slips, so far as they have been observed, are pointed out in the notes. In annotation an effort has been made to cite the originals ofT horeau smany quotations and allusions; but a diligent search has left a few of them undiscovered, while it is more than possible that some veiled allusions may have entirely es caped the editors apprehension. A mong those which are not accounted for are a number of quotations from Oriental litera ture. An attempt to locate these would seem almost hopeless to an editor who is not anO rientalist, and even in the case of success, the value of the results would be out of proportion to the labor involved.
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