The Cambridge companion to Henry David Thoreau /

Corporate Author: Cambridge collections online.
Other Authors: Myerson, Joel.
Format: Online Book
Language: English
Published: [Cambridge] ; [New York] : Cambridge University Press, 1995.
Series: Cambridge companions to literature.
Online Access: Online version
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The distinguished "Cambridge Companions to Literature" series to date includes some 20 books covering the world's richest literature--from Dante and Shakespeare to Twain and Hemingway, from the medieval theater to American Realism and Naturalism. Each volume contains reader-friendly essays on major works, themes, and important issues relating to the particular author or period. This volume on Thoreau is no exception. Gathered here are 13 thoughtful, readable, and usable essays written by eminent Thoreau scholars--Steven Fink, Walter Harding, and Elizabeth Hall Witherell, to name a few. Taken together, the essays provide a comprehensive guide on how to read, understand, and appreciate Thoreau. Individual essays address central issues--Thoreau's relationship to Emerson, to Concord, and to his audience--and themes important to Thoreau, e.g., the environment and social reform. The power and value of individual works is examined--"A Week on the Concord and the Merrimack Rivers," "Walden," "Cape Cod," his poetry. Myerson (Univ. of South Carolina) should be commended for selecting and gathering the very best on Thoreau in a single slim volume. P. J. Ferlazzo; Northern Arizona University

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