• This edition contains extended historical context: a critical essay and biography of Henry David Thoreau, by Ralph Waldo Emerson, author of The Conduct of Life.
Walden has become one of the most widely read and influential books ever written.
It reveals the astounding range, subtlety, artistry, and depth of thought of this true American original.
Published in hundreds of editions and translated into virtually every modern language, it has not been out of print since 1862.
Walden and Leaves Of Grass have emerged over time as the two great testaments of American individualism, assuring the New World, traditional reassurances failing, of the value, power, and beauty of the unfettered self.
— John Updike
The countless admirers of Henry David Thoreau will be delighted by the appearance of this lavishly produced twenty-first century edition.