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Henry David Thoreau is considered one of the leading figures in early American literature, and Walden is without doubt his most influential book. It recounts the author's experiences living in a small house in the woods around Walden Pond near Concord in Massachusetts. Thoreau constructed the house himself, with the help of a few friends, to see if he could live 'deliberately' - independently and apart from society. The result is an intriguing work which blends natural history with philosophical insights, and includes many illuminating quotations from other authors. Thoreau's wooden shack has won a place for itself in the collective American psyche, a remarkable achievement for a book with such modest and rustic beginnings.

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About Henry David Thoreau

Henry Thoreau was born in Concord, Massachusetts, in 1817, and attended Concord Academy and Harvard. After a short time spent as a teacher, he worked as a surveyor and a handyman, sometimes employed by Ralph Waldo Emerson. Between 1845 and 1847 Thoreau lived in a house he had made himself on Emerson's property near to Walden Pond. During this period he completed A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers and wrote the first draft of Walden, the book that is generally judged to be his masterpiece. He died of tuberculosis in 1862, and much of his writing was published posthumously.

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Frankenstein
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The Secret Garden
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The War of the Worlds
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The House of Mirth
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Tales of Mystery and Imagination
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Tales and Poems
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Dubliners
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The Phantom of the Opera
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Moby-Dick
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Best Fairy Stories of the World
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Grimms' Fairy Tales
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The Way Through the Woods
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The Little Prince
The Little Prince
Alice in Wonderland Everlasting Diary
Alice in Wonderland Everlasting Diary
Peter Pan
Peter Pan
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass
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Sanditon, Lady Susan, & The History of England
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The Prophet
The Prophet
Collected Poems
Collected Poems
Persuasion
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Mansfield Park
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Northanger Abbey
Northanger Abbey
My Family and Other Animals
My Family and Other Animals
The Hunchback of Notre-Dame
The Hunchback of Notre-Dame
Emma
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Pride and Prejudice
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Sense and Sensibility
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Dracula
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Classic Locked Room Mysteries
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The Water-Babies
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Doctor Thorne
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A Farewell To Arms
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For Whom the Bell Tolls
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
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Heidi
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Journey to the Centre of the Earth
Journey to the Centre of the Earth
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