Introduction by John Updike ix Economy 3 Where I Lived, and What I lived For 81 Reading 99 Sounds 111 Solitude 129 Visitors 140 The Bean-Field 155 The Village 167 The Ponds 173 Baker farm 201 Higher Laws 210 Brute Neighbors 223 House-Warming 238 Former Inhabitants; and Winter Visitors 256 Winter Animals 271 The Pond in Winter 282 Spring 299 Conclusion 320 Index by Paul O. Williams 335
Henry D. Thoreau (1817-62) was an American author, naturalist, poet, and philosopher. He wrote many essays and books, including Civil Disobedience, Walking, and The Maine Woods, among others. John Updike (1932-2009) was a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, short story writer, and poet.
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