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The Maine Woods: A Fully Annotated Edition
 
 
Author
Henry D. Thoreau. Jeffrey S. Cramer, ed.
Publisher Yale  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 7.75 x 1.15 inches
ISBN 9780300122831
Pages/Publication Date 360/2009
Daedalus Item Code 32364
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"On the 31st of August, 1846, I left Concord in Massachusetts for Bangor and the backwoods of Maine," begins The Maine Woods, Henry Thoreau's evocative story of his journeys through a familiar yet untouched land. As he explores Mt. Katahdin, Lake Chesuncook, the Allagash River, and the East Branch of the Penobscot River, Thoreau muses on his own vulnerability and the humility engendered by his solitude in the wilderness. Throughout Thoreau invokes the forest of Maine—the mountains, waterways, fauna, flora, and the people—in his singular style. This handsome edition, on cream stock with deckled edges, is annotated throughout by the curator of collections at the Thoreau Institute at Walden Woods.

"Having given us his beautifully annotated selections from Thoreau's journals, Jeffrey Cramer turns his attention to The Maine Woods. It is with great pleasure that we get to follow Thoreau down rivers, up mountains, and after moose, peaking with his famous experience of 'contact!' atop Mount Katahdin. Cramer, as our secondary guide, provides us with context, insights, and hard facts, annotations that are, to paraphrase Thoreau, clear, condensed and nut-hard. A joy to read."—David Gessner

"Fresh access to The Maine Woods alone would justify this finely organized edition. Thanks to Jeffrey Cramer's scrupulous, devoted elucidation, we now have Thoreau's whole word- and thought-horde, as this great writer, steeped in natural history, ventures between vivid detail and rapture. Everything comes alive in these newly revealing pages, from the 'Vast, Titanic, inhuman Nature' Thoreau finds in climbing Katahdin to his respect for Maine's Native Americans."—John Felstiner

 
 
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