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Walden was first published in 1854, nine years after Thoreau had moved to Walden Pond; Ralph Waldo Emerson had purchased the land for Thoreau, so that Thoreau could make the experiment of living on his own close to nature. With Emerson as his counselor, Thoreau pursued his goal: "We will walk on our own feet; we will work with our own hands; we will speak our own minds." Now, on the 150th anniversary of Walden's first appearance, Cramer (curator of collections, The Thoreau Institute at Walden Woods) has published the most authoritative edition of Walden yet to appear, an edition supported by the most extensive and useful annotations ever offered. Presenting the text and annotations in a side-by-side format, this is the best edition of the book for scholars because it not only includes annotations of just about everything in the text but also presents the most perfect text of Walden. ^BSumming Up: Essential. All collections; all levels. Q. Grigg emeritus, Hamline University
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