Walden Pond: A History

Walden Pond: A History by W. Barksdale Maynard 0195181379 9780195181371
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Perhaps no other natural setting has as much literary, spiritual, and environmental significance for Americans as Walden Pond. Some 700,000 people visit the pond annually, and countless others journey to Walden in their mind, to contemplate the man who lived there and what the place means tous today. Here is the first history of the Massachusetts pond Thoreau made famous 150 years ago. W. Barksdale Maynard offers a lively and comprehensive account of Walden Pond from the early nineteenth century to the present. From Thoreaus first visit at age 4 in 1821--That woodland vision for a longtime made the drapery of my dreams--to todays efforts both to conserve the pond and allow public access, Maynard captures Walden Ponds history and the role it has played in social, cultural, literary, and environmental movements in America. Along the way Maynard details the geography of the pond;Thoreaus and Emersons experiences of Walden over their lifetimes; the development of the cult of Thoreau and the growth of the pond as a site of literary and spiritual pilgrimages; rock star Don Henleys Walden Woods Project and the much publicized battle to protect the pond from developers in the1980s; and the vitally important ecological symbol Walden Pond has become today. Exhaustively researched, vividly written, and illustrated with historical photographs and the most detailed maps of Thoreau country yet created, Walden Pond: A History reveals how an ordinary pond has come to be such an extraordinarily inspiring symbol.

Author: W. Barksdale Maynard

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 404

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Publication Date: 2005-03-17


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