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By Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau’s masterwork Walden is a set of his reflections on existence and society.

In 1845, Thoreau moved to a cabin that he outfitted together with his personal palms alongside the shorelines of Walden Pond in Massachusetts. laying off the trivial ties that he felt certain a lot of humanity, Thoreau reaped from the land either bodily and mentally, and pursued fact within the quiet of nature. In Walden, he explains how keeping apart oneself from the realm of fellows can actually wake up the napping self. Thoreau holds speedy to the proposal that you've got now not actually existed till you undertake one of these lifestyle—and merely then are you able to reenter society, as an enlightened being.
those uncomplicated yet profound musings—as good as “Civil Disobedience,” his protest opposed to the government’s interference with civil liberty—have encouraged many to include his philosophy of individualism and love of nature. greater than a century and a part later, his message is extra well timed than ever.
With an creation by means of W.S. Merwin
and an Afterword through Will Howarth

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