Below I’ll give you my selections for the best Thoreau books by a few categories. I will cover these and other great books more in depth later.
1. Walden and Civil Disobedience (2012)
In 1845, Thoreau moved to a cabin that he built with his own hands along the shores of Walden Pond in Massachusetts. Shedding the trivial ties that he felt bound much of humanity, Thoreau reaped from the land both physically and mentally, and pursued truth in the quiet of nature. In Walden, he explains how separating oneself from the world of men can truly awaken the sleeping self. Thoreau holds fast to the notion that you have not truly existed until you adopt such a lifestyle—and only then can you reenter society, as an enlightened being. These simple but profound musings—as well as…
Paperback: 114 pages Publisher: Bantam (1972) Language: English ASIN: B00K4UY354 Shipping Information: View shipping rates and policies Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 47 customer reviews Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,099,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?…
3. Walking (2010)
Originally given as part of a lecture in 1851, “Walking” was later published posthumously as an essay in the Atlantic Monthly in 1862.Now being a chief text in the environmental movement, Thoreau’s “Walking” places man not separate from Nature and Wildness but within it and lyrically describes the ever beckoning call that draws us to explore and find ourselves lost in the beauty of the forests, rivers, and fields….
4. The Portable Thoreau (Penguin Classics) (2012)
Self-described as “a mystic, a transcendentalist, and a natural philosopher to boot,” Henry David Thoreau dedicated his life to preserving his freedom as a man and as an artist. Nature was the fountainhead of his inspiration and his refuge from what he considered the follies of society. Heedless of his friends’ advice to live in a more orthodox manner, he determinedly pursued his own inner bent-that of a poet-philosopher-in prose and verse. Edited by noted Thoreau scholar Jeffrey S. Cramer, this edition promises to be the new standard for those interested in discovering the great thinker’s…
Henry David Thoreau’s Journal was his life’s work: the daily practice of writing that accompanied his daily walks, the workshop where he developed his books and essays, and a project in its own right—one of the most intensive explorations ever made of the everyday environment, the revolving seasons, and the changing self. It is a treasure trove of some of the finest prose in English and, for those acquainted with it, its prismatic pages exercise a hypnotic fascination. Yet at roughly seven thousand pages, or two million words, it remains Thoreau’s least-known work. This reader’s edition, the largest…
6. Walden (2018)
“How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book!” —Henry David Thoreau, WaldenCharmingly decorated throughout, this Complete, Unabridged, and Beautiful edition of the transcendentalist classic brings to readers the timeless reflections of Henry David Thoreau on personal independence, self-reliance, simplicity, nature, spirituality, and much more.A must-read for anyone wishing to “live deliberately,” experience the life-changing wisdom in Walden again or for the very first time….
Featuring nearly 100 luminous watercolor illustrations, Thoreau and the Art of Life collects eloquent passages from the writings of the seminal author and philosopher. Drawn mainly from his journals, the short excerpts provide fascinating insight into his thought processes by presenting his raw, unedited feelings about the things that meant the most to him. The book reflects Thoreau’s deep beliefs and ideas about nature, relationships, creativity, spirituality, aging, simplicity, and wisdom. By eloquently expressing his thoughts about life and what gives it value, he…
8. Walden (2018)
Walden by noted transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau, is a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings. The work is part personal declaration of independence, social experiment, voyage of spiritual discovery, satire, and manual for self-reliance. First published in 1854, it details Thoreau’s experiences over the course of two years, two months, and two days in a cabin he built near Walden Pond, amidst woodland owned by his friend and mentor Ralph Waldo Emerson, near Concord, Massachusetts. The book compresses the time into a single calendar year and uses passages of four…
Mass Market Paperback Publisher: signet classic (2006) ASIN: B004Q203CI Shipping Weight: 1 pounds Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 184 customer reviews Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,145,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #205616 in Classic Literature & Fiction Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?…
10. Civil Disobedience byThoreau (2010)
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Henry David Thoreau has 608 books on Goodreads with 519521 ratings. Henry David Thoreau’s most popular book is Walden. Henry David Thoreau published two books and numerous essays during his lifetime and many more of his works were published after his death in 1862. Deciding on which of these Thoreau books or essays you should read really depends on what type of Thoreau writing is your favorite. In Walden beschreibt Thoreau sein Leben in einer Blockhütte, die er sich 1845 in den Wäldern von Concord (Massachusetts) am See Walden Pond auf einem Grundstück seines Freundes Ralph Waldo Emerson baute, um dort für mehr als zwei Jahre der industrialisierten Massengesellschaft der jungen USA den Rücken zu kehren. Thoreau’s books, articles, essays, journals, and poetry amount to more than 20 volumes. Among his lasting contributions are his writings on natural history and philosophy, in which he anticipated the methods and findings of ecology and environmental history, two sources of modern-day environmentalism.
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Thoreau’s Notes on Birds of New England
Author(s): Henry David Thoreau; Francis H Allen
Publisher: Dover Publications, Year: 2019, Size: 18 Mb, Download: epub
Nineteenth-Century Individualism and the Market Economy: Individualist Themes in Emerson, Thoreau, and Sumner
Author(s): Luke Philip Plotica
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2018, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
The road to Walden: 12 life lessons from a sojourn to Thoreau’s cabin
Author(s): Kevin T. Dann
Publisher: Tarcher Perigee, Year: 2018, Size: 1 Mb, Download: epub
Expect Great Things: The Life and Search of Henry David Thoreau
Author(s): Kevin Dann
Publisher: Tarcherperigee, Year: 2018, Size: 972 Kb, Download: epub
Author(s): Henry David Thoreau; Geoff Wisner (ed.)
Publisher: Yale University Press, Year: 2017, Size: 7 Mb, Download: epub
Henry David Thoreau: A Life
Author(s): Laura Dassow Walls
Publisher: University Of Chicago Press, Year: 2017, Size: 4 Mb, Download: epub
Aesthetic Individualism and Practical Intellect_American allegory in Emerson, Thoreau, Adams, and James
Author(s): Olaf Hansen
Publisher: Princeton University Press, Year: 2016, Size: 8 Mb, Download: pdf
Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are truly best-sellers according to The New York Times, others are drafted by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.