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Journal, Volume 6; Volumes 7-20 Of Works; Henry David Thoreau; Journal; Henry David Thoreau
Henry David Thoreau
Houghton Mifflin Co., 1906
Literary Criticism; American; General; Authors, American; Biography & Autobiography / Literary; Literary Criticism / American / General
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From 1837 to 1861 Thoreau kept a Journal that began as a conventional record of ideas, grew into a writer's notebook, and eventually became the principal imaginative work of his career. The source of much of his published writing, the Journal is also a record of both his interior life and his monumental studies of the natural history of his native Concord, Massachusetts. In contrast to earlier editions, the Princeton Edition reproduces the Journal in its original and complete form, in a reading text that is free of editorial interpolations but keyed to a comprehensive scholarly apparatus.
Journal 6 comprises a single manuscript notebook of nearly five hundred pages that Thoreau numbered "XV" and filled between March 9 and August 18, 1853. During this period, Thoreau divided his energies among his increasingly professional studies as a naturalist in Concord, the revision of his Walden manuscript, and surveying, which provided him a living and also helped to establish him more securely as a contributing member of the Concord community. The first two activities were supported and enriched by the opportunities for field study afforded by surveying, which offered the occasion for regular observations of seasonal occurrences and other natural events in and around Concord. Thoreau recorded these observations in his Journal and made both literary and scientific use of them. Some appear in revisions to the fifth draft of Walden, which he had completed in March 1853, and entire passages from Journal 6 are incorporated into the sixth draft. In addition, the observations form the basis for later compilations that would now be considered appropriate to a field ecologist.From the Back Cover:
In the publication of THE WRITINGS OF HENRY D. THOREAU, Princeton University Press joins university presses throughout the United States in making the works of major American writers available in comprehensive scholarly editions. This project was inaugurated by the Modern Language Association of America and sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Although Thoreau has earned a national and international reputation as a naturalist, social critic and philosopher of human rights, and literary artist of the first rank, no scholarly edition of his complete writings has previously been undertaken. In addition to newly edited texts of his major published works, the edition will include his poetry, translations, correspondence, college essays, and unfinished late natural history projects, "Wild Fruits" and "The Dispersion of Seeds". Thoreau's Journal -- the private record of his experiences, the source of his many writings, and a unique literary document in itself-will be printed for the first time in its original, unrevised form, including many previously unpublished passages and notebooks.
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