Walden and Civil Disobedience

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Walden and Civil Disobedience

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Philosopher, spiritualist, social activist, and free spirit - Henry David Thoreau was one of the most significant thinkers of C19th America. Walden and On Civil Disobedience are two of Thoreaus most influential works and are presented here alongside each other on audiobook. In Walden, Thoreau urges us to renegotiate our relationship with society, to reject its inhibitive conventions and expectations and to reconnect with nature in order to live a more vital and purposeful life. On Civil Disobedience berates the machine of C19th American government that sanctions evil policies such as slavery and argues that the public should refuse to cooperate by not paying taxes. Thoreaus exposé of his societys misguided dogmas is uncompromising and is presented with startling clarity and conviction. Today, Thoreaus ideas are still as bold, refreshing and inspiring as they ever were and call on us to live a life less ordinary.

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In 1845 Henry David Thoreau left his pencil-manufacturing business and began building a cabin on the shore of Walden Pond near Concord, Massachusetts. This lyrical yet practical-minded book is at once a record of the 26 months Thoreau spent in withdrawal from society -- an account of the daily minutiae of building, planting, hunting, cooking, and, always, observing nature -- and a declaration of independence from the oppressive mores of the world he left behind. Elegant, witty, and quietly searching, Walden remains the most persuasive American argument for simplicity of life clarity of conscience.

For the first time, the authoritative editions of works by major American novelists, poets, scholars, and essayists collected in the hardcover volumes of The Library of America are being published singly in a series of handsome paperback books. A distinguished writer has contributed an introduction for each volume, which also includes a chronology of the author's life and career, an essay on the text, and notes.
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