Henry David Thoreau’s Walden is the most well known work of the literary Transcendental movement. Published in 1854, the book received mixed reviews, but was popular for almost two decades. Walden experienced a surge of critical approval and has since been considered a bastion of American literature.
Walden is the name of a pond where Thoreau retreated to “live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach.” He built a cabin with only $28.12 and earned an extremely modest living growing and selling beans. Walden consists of fifteen chapters, each personal essays and reflections of his contemplations while living in the woods. The chapters cover a range of topics, from the necessities of making a living in “Economy,” to what reading material Thoreau immerses himself in, in “Reading,” to the various visitors he receives, human and otherwise in “Housewarming” and “Former Inhabitants;
and Winter Visitors.” Living alone on the pond, Thoreau contemplates heavy topics like the destructive nature of the Industrial Revolution and the atrocities of slavery.
A study of human spirituality and man’s responsibility to fellow man and nature, Thoreau’s literary masterpiece has inspired the likes of Mahatma Gandhi, Tolstoy, Yeats, and Kerouac. Even today, a journey through Walden is to transcend to a simpler, more beautiful realm; the prose still inspires a spiritual awakening within its readers.
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