Stock Image

Walden West (North Coast Books)

August Derleth

15 ratings by Goodreads
ISBN 10: 0299135942 / ISBN 13: 9780299135942
Published by University of Wisconsin Press, 1992
Condition: Very Good Soft cover
From Green Apple Books and Music (San francisco, CA, U.S.A.)

AbeBooks Seller Since August 15, 2008

Quantity Available: 1

Buy Used
Price: US$ 45.00 Convert Currency
Shipping: US$ 3.50 Within U.S.A. Destination, rates & speeds
Add to basket

30 Day Return Policy

About this Item

First Edition. Green Apple Books and Music, Publisher Weekly's Bookstore of the Year 2014, has been San Francisco's favorite independent bookseller since 1967! Shipping costs on oversize / international orders will reflect actual shipping charges and may be more than quoted by ABE. We will need to contact you with true shipping costs and ask for authorization before adjusting cost. Bookseller Inventory # mon0000007257

Ask Seller a Question

Bibliographic Details

Title: Walden West (North Coast Books)

Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Includes dust jacket.

Edition: 1st Edition

About this title

Synopsis:

Among the state’s most luminous assets is August Derleth, the internationally famous author of more than 150 books, many celebrating the Midwest and its people. Walden West, reissued here for the first time since its original publication in 1961, is considered by many to be Derleth’s masterpiece.
    Derleth was a chronicler with his ear uniquely attuned to this  northern region. In his Sac Prairie Saga, of which Walden West is the crowning volume, he captures the essences of midwestern village life with his distinctive combination of narrative and prose-poetry.  The book is a seamless series of anecdotes, meditations, character sketches, evocations of the landscape, and celebrations of its human and animal life.  In sections such as “The choir of the frogs,” and “Oh, the smell of the grass,” and “Mrs. Opal Kralz” we meet, in all their small-town particularity, rich symbols of America’s rural origins and experience.  In other sections—“The voices of the wind are endless in their variety” and “If there is one winter voice informed with wildness”—we are treated to the music of the land.  And in others still—”Millie Pohlmann,” “Old Mrs. Block,” “The Buchenau Women”—we sample the inimitable melody the people bring to their places.  In all cases it is a feast.
    Derleth himself called Walden West “an exposition on three related themes: on the persistence of memory; on the sounds and odors of the country; of Thoreau—the mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.”  But one also comes away from these pages with a sense of the comedy and lyricism of the American rural experience, of the rootedness of its people to their land, and of the miraculous, teeming variety of the land itself.  It is a gift to us all that the book is now available again.

About the Author:

August Derleth (1909-1971) wrote more than 150 books in many genres--novels, prose-poetry, essays, mysteries, history, etc. Walden West is among his finest. He was a native of Sauk Prairie, Wisconsin, and is internationally known.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Store Description

San Francisco's finest independent bookstore with 9000 square feet of new and used items. Named Publisher's Weekly Bookstore of the Year 2014.

Visit Seller's Storefront

Terms of Sale:

returns and refunds accepted as per abebooks policies


Shipping Terms:

Shipping costs are based on books weighing 2.2 LB, or 1 KG. If your book order is heavy or oversized, we may contact you to let you know extra shipping is required.

List this Seller's Books

Payment Methods
accepted by seller

Visa Mastercard American Express