Wild Fruits

Wild Fruits

Thoreau's Rediscovered Last Manuscript

Book - 2000
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Baker & Taylor
A collection of musings by one of America's premier philosophers, previously kept from publication due the difficulty of the composition, includes illustrations of the wild fruit Thoreau describes.

Norton Pub
The distinctly American gospel--never before published--of our great nature writer, mystic, ecologist, and prophet. "Above all, we cannot afford not to live in the present . . . . There is something suggested by [the cockcrow] not in Plato nor the New Testament. It is a newer testament--the Gospel according to this moment," Henry David Thoreau wrote in "a sort of introduction" to Wild Fruits--his last manuscript and his transcendental gospel of the sacredness of nature. The difficulties of his handwriting, method of composition, notations, and pagination have kept his final observations and meditations from publication until now; thanks to the assiduous efforts of Thoreau specialist Bradley Dean, this great work can finally be brought to light. Wild Fruits is beautifully illustrated throughout with line drawings of the "wild fruits" Thoreau considers, as he writes, for example, "Famous fruits imported from the East or South . . . do not concern me so much as many an unnoticed wild berry whose beauty annually lends a new charm to some wild walk . . ." This work may be considered Thoreau's last will and testament, in which he protests our desecration of the landscape and envisions a new American scripture. As Dean writes, "the Thoreau New Testament suggests that the Holy Land is under our feet, as well as over our heads."

Book News
Thoreau (1817-62) protests the desecration of the landscape, reflects on the importance of preserving wild spaces for instruction and recreation, and envisions a new American scripture. Difficulties with the handwriting, method of composition, notations, and pagination have kept his final observations and meditations from being published previously. Now Dean, director of the Media Center at the Thoreau Institute, has wrought it into print and added voluminous notes. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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& Taylor

A collection of musings by one of America's premier philosophers, previously kept from publication due to the difficulty of the composition, includes illustrations of the wild fruit Thoreau describes

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, c2000
ISBN: 9780393047516
0393047512
Branch Call Number: 581.632 THO
Characteristics: xvii. 409 p. :cm
Additional Contributors: Dean, Bradley P.

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