Civil Disobedience and Walden


by Henry David Thoreau

2004; The Library of American Freedoms

A transcendentalist classic on social responsibility and a manifesto that inspired modern protest movements.
Critical of 19th-century America’s booming commercialism and industrialism, Henry David Thoreau moved to a small cabin in the woods of Concord, Massachusetts in 1845. Walden, the account of his stay near Walden Pond, conveys at once a naturalist’s wonder at the commonplace and a transcendentalist’s yearning for spiritual truth and self-reliance. But Thoreau’s embrace of solitude and simplicity did not entail a withdrawal from social and political matters. Civil Disobedience, also included in this volume, expresses his antislavery and antiwar sentiments, and has influenced resistance movements worldwide. Both give rewarding insight into a free-minded, principled life.
More than a century and a half later, his message is more timely than ever.

Brown leather cover with diamond shaped design in gold lettering . Endlpapers are marbled paper. Edges are gilded and spines are brass-die stamped in 22-karat gold. Tight, sound and unmarked. Cover stampings and design of the edition by Selma Ordewer. Book has been privately printed for members of The Library of American Freedoms.

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