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Nature's Writers Trail: Thoreau

Library Guide for the Nature Writer's Trail.

Walden, or Life in the Woods

'Walden' is part personal declaration of independence, social experiment, voyage of spiritual discovery, satire, and—to some degree—a manual for self-reliance.

In Wildness Is the Preservation of the World

In 1962, Porter created in "In Wildnerness Is the Preservation of the World," an immensely popular book combining his evocative, color photographs of New England woods with excerpts from the writings of Henry David Thoreau.

Consciousness in Concord

A short journal from the years 1840-41, with notes from the man who found it - Perry Miller.

A Year in Thoreau's Journal

Thoreau's journal of 1851 reveals profound ideas and observations in the making, including wonderful writing on the natural history of Concord.

Wood-Notes Wild (Franklin County Public Library)

Kullberg lights the way through these contemplative walks with an epigraph from the master himself: "I come to my solitary woodland walk as the homesick go home..."

The Maine Woods (Franklin County Public Library)

“The Maine Woods” is a captivating portrait of the largely unexplored region in the mid-1800s. Rich with the naturalistic detail that is common with Thoreau’s writing, readers will delight in the exquisiteness with which Thoreau relates his experiences in nature.

Henry David's House (Franklin County Public Library)

Henry David's House is a picturebook adaptation by Steven Schnur of a part of Henry David Thoreau's classic nature book "Walden", told with only a limited amount of editing.

The River: Selections from the Journal of Henry David Thoreau (Franklin County Public Library)

Dudley C. Lunt took excerpts from Henry David Thoreau's journals and assembled a volume of the transcendentalist's river musings and experiences. Selections are arranged by season and month, so that readers can better consult the book throughout the year.

Cape Cod (Franklin County Public Library)

Beautifully illustrated with atmospheric images from early editions, Cape Cod is a brilliant and unsentimental account of survival on a barren peninsula in the face of hostile elements, historical change, and natural decay.