By Jeffrey S. Cramer
“On the thirty first of August, 1846, I left harmony in Massachusetts for Bangor and the backwoods of Maine”—thus starts The Maine Woods, the evocative tale of Thoreau’s trips via a well-known but untouched land.
As he explores Mt. Katahdin (an Indian note that means “highest land”), Lake Chesuncook, the Allagash River, and the East department of the Penobscot, Thoreau muses on his personal vulnerability and the humility engendered by way of his solitude within the desert. all through Thoreau invokes the wooded area of Maine—the mountains, waterways, fauna, plant life, and the people—in his singular kind. Echoing Walden, Thoreau’s passionate outcry opposed to the degradation of our surroundings in The Maine Woods will resonate strongly today.
This absolutely annotated present version of The Maine Woods makes a superb spouse quantity to Walden: a completely Annotated Edition and I to Myself: An Annotated choice from the magazine of Henry D. Thoreau.
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