By William E. Cain

As an essayist, thinker, ex-pencil producer, infamous hermit, tax protester, and all-around unique philosopher, Thoreau led so singular a lifestyles that he's in many ways an ideal candidate for the ancient and biographical remedies made attainable via the historic publications to American Authors sequence layout. William E. Cain, the quantity editor, contains contributions on his dating with nineteenth century authority and ideas of the land, which might actually help the volume's achieve past those that learn Thoreau for illumination to these basic readers who love him for embodying the spirit of yankee uprising.

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465) Verbal gamesmanship and self-distancing, not revelation of self: each man protested against this tendency in the other, and their mutual disappointment intensified through the 1850s. In this decade Thoreau also was a surveyor; he bought books and tools and prepared a handbill that advertised his skill. S. Census, and records of his work can be found in the Concord town archives for 1850-1860 (his survey in June 1850, for example, of the lot for the new Concord courthouse). He studied and took notes, too, on a host of books about the Indians, including Jesuit Relations, a series of annual reports (in French) by the Jesuits, 1633-1672, on their missionary activities in the New World.

Making, 25, 94) The text as experienced may feel like the flow of a river, but, as far as its composition is concerned, Thoreau constructed the book piece by piece like a mosaic; it is the product of countless acts of revision, large and small. As Thoreau later stated in the journal, March 11, 1859, his main literary principle was: "Find out as soon as possible what are the best things in your composition, and then shape the rest to fit them. , 12:39). The bestknown sentence in the book, "The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation" ("Economy"), first appears in a draft of A Week; after being cut from that text, and after much reworking of context, Thoreau placed it in Walden.

Nor is there any man so independent on his farm that he can say them nay. ("Sounds") The great transportation feat of the 1820s was the completion in 1825 of the Erie Canal, which connected the Great Lakes region to the Hudson River and New York City. ) But soon the expansion of the railway system showed even more dramatically the American advance in technology. In 1830, when the New York inventor Peter Cooper built the first locomotive in the United States (speed: 12 mph), there were twenty-three miles of track.

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