Walking

Title

Walking

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Book Chapter

Description

Introduction by Adam Tuchinsky

"In Wildness is the preservation of the World," wrote Henry David Thoreau in his iconic deathbed essay "Walking." Published posthumously in 1862, "Walking" became a seminal influence in the environmental movement. "Above all," wrote Thoreau, "we cannot afford not to live in the present." He extolled walking as a delightful and necessary idleness, an antidote to the burdens of civilization, a means of immersing ourselves in nature and awakening to the moment. "Walking" is widely recognized as Thoreau's "other" masterpiece, Walden in a more concise form. Each reading of "Walking" offers new epiphanies from a writer and thinker who, two centuries after his birth in 1817, remains a towering figure in American nature writing. In the introduction to this book, Adam Tuchinsky accessibly and engagingly unpacks the essay's nineteenth-century associations and highlights the startling modernity of its sentiments.

ISBN

9780884486138

Publication Date

2017

Publisher

Tilbury House Publishers

City

Thomaston, ME

Keywords

Henry David Thoreau, Bicentennial

Comments

This edition of Walking has been updated with a new introduction from USM professor Adam Tuchinsky in celebration of the centennial of Thoreau's birth in 1817.

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