By Henry David Thoreau, J. Lyndon Shanley (Editor), John Updike (Introduction)

Initially released in 1854, Walden, or lifestyles within the Woods, is a brilliant account of the time that Henry D. Thoreau lived by myself in a secluded cabin at Walden Pond. it's some of the most influential and compelling books in American literature. This new paperback edition--introduced by means of famous American author John Updike--celebrates the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of this vintage paintings. a lot of Walden's fabric is derived from Thoreau's journals and includes such enticing items as "Reading" and "The Pond within the Winter." different well-known sections contain Thoreau's visits with a Canadian woodcutter and with an Irish relations, a visit to harmony, and an outline of his bean box. this can be the total and authoritative textual content of Walden--as with reference to Thoreau's unique purpose as all on hand facts permits. For the coed and for the final reader, this can be the fitting presentation of Thoreau's nice record of social feedback and dissent.

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Perhaps we should never procure a new suit, however ragged or dirty the old, until we have so conducted, 24 CLOTHING so enterprised or sailed in some way, that we feel like new men in the old, and that to retain it would be like keeping new wine in old bottles. Our moulting season, like that of the fowls, must be a crisis in our lives. The loon retires to solitary ponds to spend it. Thus also the snake casts its slough, and the caterpillar its wormy coat, by an internal industry and expansion; for clothes are but our outmost cuticle and mortal coil.

It is desirable that a man be clad so simply that he can lay his hands on himself in the dark, and that he live in all respects so compactly and preparedly, that, if an enemy take the town, he can, like the old philosopher, walk out the gate empty-handed without anxiety. While one thick garment is, for most purposes, as good as three thin ones, and cheap clothing can be obtained at prices really to suit customers; while a thick coat can be bought for five dollars, which will last as many years, thick pantaloons for two dollars, cowhide boots for a dollar and a half a pair, a summer hat for a quarter of a dollar, and a winter cap for sixty-two and a half cents, or a better be made at home at a nominal cost, where is he so poor that, clad in such a suit, of his own earning, WALDEN 25 there will not be found wise men to do him reverence?

He adds, that they were commonly carpeted and lined within with well-wrought embroidered mats, and were furnished with various utensils. The Indians had advanced so far as to regulate the effect of the wind by a mat suspended over the hole in the roof and moved by a string. Such a lodge was in the first instance constructed in a day or two at most, and taken down and put up in a few hours; and every family owned one, or its apartment in one. In the savage state every family owns a shelter as good as the best, and sufficient for its coarser and simpler wants; but I think that I speak within bounds when I say that, though the birds of the air have their nests, and the foxes their holes, and the savages their wigwams, in modern civilized society not more than one half the families own a shelter.

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