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Thoreau's Ecstatic Witness$
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Alan Hodder

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780300089592

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300089592.001.0001

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Thoreau's Ecstatic Witness

Alan D. Hodder

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on Thoreau's journals, the first nearly complete edition of which was published in 1906. The earliest journals, especially those kept from the fall of 1837 till about the end of 1839, seem to have functioned as a sort of showcase or commonplace book for reading notes, poems, and a series of fairly polished mini-essays, often headed with brief titles, on a wide array of topics. Beginning, however, around May of 1850, the journal no longer functioned primarily as a staging area for other writings but as a principal mode of literary production in and of itself.

Keywords:   Henry David Thoreau, journals, writings, literary production

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