"Our life is frittered away by detail... Simplify, simplify."
--Henry David Thoreau
In 1845, philosopher & naturalist Henry David Thoreau built a small cabin on the shore of Walden Pond in Massachusetts. For the next 2 years he lived there simply as possible, seeking "the essential facts of life" & learning to eliminate unnessecary details-- material & spiritual-- that intrude upon human happiness. He described his experience in Walden, first published in 1854, using vivid, forceful prose that transforms his observations of nature into richly evocative metaphors for human life.
This volume also includes Thoreau's widely influenced essay "Civil Disobedience," a treatise which outlines the incumbency of citizens to rebel against governments that do not uphold their ideals.