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The American ClassicsA Personal Essay$
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Denis Donoghue

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780300107814

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300107814.001.0001

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(p.137) 4 Walden
The American Classics

Denis Donoghue

Yale University Press

This chapter offers a reading of Henry David Thoreau's novel Walden. It discusses the claim that this novel is a pastoral or a pastoral romance and that Thoreau was no less interested in society than in nature. It discusses how Thoreau was influenced by intense awareness of the social and cultural costs of the transition to industrial capitalism in writing this novel during his so-called Walden experiment of solitary life.

Keywords:   Walden, Hendy David Thoreau, pastoral romance, society, nature, social costs, cultural costs, industrial capitalism, Walden experiment, solitary life

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