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  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $16.00
  • March 2008
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-93090-0
  • 688 pages
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide

Walden / Civil Disobedience / and Other Writings

Norton Critical Editions

Third Edition


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Henry D. Thoreau (Author), William Rossi (Editor, University of Oregon)


This revised and expanded Third Edition adds three important post-Walden essays, "Slavery in Massachusetts," "Walking," and "Wild Apples," bringing the full scope of Thoreau's mature powers to twenty-first-century readers. The texts are accompanied by explanatory annotations, Thoreau's survey of Walden Pond, and the 1852 Walling map of Concord village and its environs.

As a unique feature, the Third Edition includes generous excerpts from Thoreau's journal, reprinted by special arrangements with Princeton University Press from the definitive edition of his writings. Spanning the years 1845-54, these selections vividly display Thoreau's intensive exploration of his local landscape; the fusion of literary and natural history field work that informs Walden, "Walking," and "Wild Apples"; and the growth of his environmental imagination.

“Reviews and Posthumous Assessments” for this edition collects eight new reviews of Thoreau's antislavery and late environmental essays as well as of Walden. To the influential portraits of Thoreau by Ralph Waldo Emerson and James Russell Lowell, the Third Edition adds John Burroughs's "Another Word on Thoreau," his response to them and to his great predecessor.

”Recent Criticism” includes eighteen selections of the best historical, political, philosophical, poststructuralist, and environmental criticism of Thoreau's writing since the mid-twentieth century. To classic pieces by E. B. White, Leo Marx, Barbara Johnson, and Stanley Cavell, the Third Edition adds essays by nine new contributors, among them Laurence Buell, Laura Dassow Walls, Evan Carton, Robert A. Gross, Albert J. von Frank, Steven Fink, and William Rossi.

A Chronology of Thoreau's life and work, new to the Third Edition, and an expanded and updated Selected Bibliography are also included.



    A Note on the Texts

    The Texts of Walden, Civil Disobedience, and Other Writings

    1. Walden
      1. Map of Walden
      2. Textual Appendix to Walden
    2. Other Writings
      1. “Civil Disobedience”
      2. “Slavery in Massachusetts”
      3. “Walking”
      4. “Wild Apples”
    3. Journal
      1. The Journal and Walden
      2. Selections from the Journal, 1845–54

    Reviews, Posthumous Assessments, and Recent Criticism


    1. [Review of Walden]
    2. [Review of Walden]
    3. [Gamaliel Bailey?] – [Review of Walden]
    4. Elizabeth Barstow Stoddard – [Review of Walden]
    5. Charles Frederick Briggs – A Yankee Diogenes
    6. [Review of Walden]
    7. [Lydia Maria Child?] – [Review of A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers and Walden]
    8. George Eliot – [Review of Walden]
    9. [Review of Excursions]
    10. [Review of Excursions]
    11. [Review of Excursions]
    12. [Review of A Yankee in Canada, with Anti-Slavery and Reform Papers]
    13. Sidney H. Morse – [Review of A Yankee in Canada, with Anti-Slavery and Reform Papers]
    14. Ralph Waldo Emerson – Thoreau
    15. James Russell Lowell – Thoreau
    16. John Burroughs – Another Word on Thoreau


    1. Walden
    2. F.O. Matthiessen – Walden: Craftsmanship vs. Technique
    3. E.B. White – Walden—1954
    4. Leo Marx – [Walden as Transcendental Pastoral Design]
    5. Stanley Cavell – [Captivity and Despair in Walden and “Civil Disobedience]
    6. Barbara Johnson – A Hound, a Bay Horse, and a Turtle Dove: Obscurity in Walden
    7. Robert Sattelmeyer – The Remaking of Walden
    8. H. Daniel Peck – The Worlding of Walden
    9. Laura Dassow Walls – Walden as Feminist Manifesto
    10. Lawrence Buell – Thoreau and the Natural Environment
    11. “Civil Disobedience” and “Slavery in Massachusetts”
    12. Richard Drinnon – Thoreau’s Politics of the Upright Man
    13. Barry Wood – Thoreau’s Narrative Art in “Civil Disobedience”
    14. Evan Carton – The Price of Privilege: “Civil Disobedience” at 150
    15. Robert A. Gross – Quiet War with the State: Henry Thoreau and Civil Disobedience
    16. Albert J. von Frank – Fourth of July
    17. “Walking” and “Wild Apples”
    18. William Rossi – “‘The Limits of an Afternoon Walk’”
    19. Neill Matheson – Thoreau’s Gramática Parda: Conjugating Race and Nature
    20. Steven Fink – The Language of Prophecy: Thoreau’s “Wild Apples”
    21. Lance Newman – [Capitalism and Community in Walden and Wild
    22. Fruits]

    Henry D. Thoreau: A Chronology

    Selected Bibliography