In the Maine Woods
In the Maine Woods

Thoreau Primer

The Maine Woods
Henry D. Thoreau, 1864 - an annotated edition

Thoreau Reader:  

The Maine Woods was written as three essays. If he had lived longer, Thoreau might have revised them into a more cohesive whole, but he never had the time to do this. The book describes trips over an eleven year period, and Thoreau's work on these essays spanned 15 years. 

Ktaadn:  One - Two - Three - Four - Five - Six
Chesuncook:  One - Two - Three - Four - Five - Six
Allegash & East Branch:  One - Two - Three - Four - Five - Six
  Seven - Eight - Nine - Ten


 A best smeller...
"One of the most coniferous-pungent books in the English language, a book which a century later remains one of the the best written on the woods of Maine." - Mary P. Sherwood
"An effective bosky and moosey picture of the deepest wilderness Thoreau was ever to explore. If Cape Cod tastes of salt, The Maine Woods smells of hemlock and balsam." - Walter Harding


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"The Maine Woods is one of the earliest and most detailed accounts of the process of change in the American hinterland.  Thoreau showed us how to write about nature; how to know more; how to observe, even how to live .... In this book he illustrates the powerful lesson of the truthfulness of dogged observation: that when the truth is told, the text is prophetic." - Paul Theroux, from his Maine Woods introduction 

John Muir took a copy of The Maine Woods with him on his 1879 trip to Alaska. 

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