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The Maine Woods

The Maine Woods

Copyright Date: 2004
Pages: 400
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    The Maine Woods
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    Henry D. Thoreau traveled to the backwoods of Maine in 1846, 1853, and 1857. Originally published in 1864, and published now with a new introduction by Paul Theroux, this volume is a powerful telling of those journeys through a rugged and largely unspoiled land. It presents Thoreau's fullest account of the wilderness.

    The Maine Woodsis classic Thoreau: a personal story of exterior and interior discoveries in a natural setting--all conveyed in taut, masterly prose. Thoreau's evocative renderings of the life of the primitive forest--its mountains, waterways, fauna, flora, and inhabitants--are timeless and valuable on their own. But his impassioned protest against the despoilment of nature in the name of commerce and sport, which even by the 1850s threatened to deprive Americans of the "tonic of wildness," makesThe Maine Woodsan especially vital book for our own time.

    eISBN: 978-1-4008-3413-6
    Subjects: History

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-vii)
  3. Map of the Maine Woods
    (pp. viii-viii)
  4. Introduction
    (pp. ix-2)
    Paul Theroux

    Henry David Thoreau was so emotionally attached to his home in Concord that he found it almost impossible to leave. In fact after 1837 he did so only for short periods—thirteen days on the Concord and Merrimack rivers, some visits to Cape Cod, three trips to the Maine woods, several months in Staten Island and in Minnesota. He was never alone on these excursions; always went with a friend or relative. He was one of the earliest climbers to the heights of Mount Katahdin, but that was a bold exception and he probably did not achieve the highest peak....

  5. Ktaadn.
    (pp. 3-83)

    On the 31st of August, 1846, I left Concord in Massachusetts for Bangor and the backwoods of Maine, by way of the railroad and steamboat, intending to accompany a relative of mine engaged in the lumber trade in Bangor, as far as a dam on the west branch of the Penobscot, in which property he was interested. From this place, which is about one hundred miles by the river above Bangor, thirty miles from the Houlton military road, and five miles beyond the last log hut, I proposed to make excursions to mount Ktaadn, the second highest mountain in New...

  6. Chesuncook.
    (pp. 84-156)

    At 5 P.M. September 13th1853, I left Boston in the steamer for Bangor by the outside course. It was a warm and still night, warmer probably on the water than on the land, and the sea was as smooth as a small lake in summer, merely rippled. The passengers went singing on the deck, as in a parlor, till ten o'clock. We passed a vessel on her beam ends on a rock, just outside the islands, and some of us thought that she was the "rapt ship" which ran

    "on her side so low That she drank water, and...

  7. The Allegash and East Branch
    (pp. 157-297)

    I started on my 3dexcursion to the Maine Woods Monday July 20th 1857, with one companion, arriving at Bangor the next day at noon. We had hardly left the steamer when we passed Molly Molasses in the street. As long as she lives the Penobscots may be considered extant as a tribe. The succeeding morning a relative of mine, who is well acquainted with the Penobscot Indians, and who had been my companion in my two previous excursions into the Maine Woods, took me in his wagon to Old-town, to assist me in obtaining an Indian for this expedition....

  8. Appendix.
    (pp. 298-326)
  9. Index
    (pp. 327-347)