The Life of Henry David Thoreau: Including Many Essays Hitherto Unpublished, and Some Account of His Family and Friends

The Life of Henry David Thoreau: Including Many Essays Hitherto Unpublished, and Some Account of His Family and Friends

The Life of Henry David Thoreau: Including Many Essays Hitherto Unpublished, and Some Account of His Family and Friends

The Life of Henry David Thoreau: Including Many Essays Hitherto Unpublished, and Some Account of His Family and Friends

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A Final Life of Thoreau from my hand has this peculiar claim on the reader's attention, that it includes memoirs of his ancestors not before given to the public; and also, in their complete form, many essays written in his early youth, -- all that the care of his kindred had preserved, -- besides what escaped from their research, verses, letters, and memoranda. Other letters and fragments may come to light; but so careful has been the search (and the price paid for his manuscripts so high, though he was much neglected in his lifetime), that few can be now in existence, outside of well-known collections. Their stores have mostly passed through my hands for editing or for examination.

Important single finds, exclusive of fragmentary or perfect Journals, now printed, were an essay of 1840, The Service, from the portfolio ofEmerson, (here mainly included); a lecture of 1843 on Sir Walter Raleigh, meant for the Dial; and the Notes of his Western journey of 1861, of which no copy was made until I edited it for the Boston Bibliophile Society in 1905. The Raleigh had before been . . .

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