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By Geoffrey Wolff

ISBN-10: 030782926X

ISBN-13: 9780307829269

With those interwoven autobiographical essays, Geoffrey Wolff, writer of the acclaimed The Duke of Deception, recounts the ethical (and immoral) schooling of a author, good friend, husband, and father, as he bargains his lively, based, and deeply felt observations on a unprecedented existence: from wildly dysfunctional early life Christmases to a concupiscent profession instructing literature in Istanbul; from a victory over the chaos of drink to a life-affirming give up to the majesty of the Matterhorn; and from a foundering friendship to the transcending love of family.

He stocks with us, then, the knowledge of an alert guy studying during the unsettling collisions of time, position, and native customized, and during the strength of difficulty and possibility, to convey his many disparate selves jointly -- with magnificent high-stakes candor and wonderful literary agility.

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In any event, the same sense of moral outrage that shapes 舠Civil Disobedience舡 is evident throughout Walden. Indeed, for a work so suffused with mythopoeic ambitions, Walden is full of constant reminders of the specific social and historical challenges facing New Englanders. If Thoreau, in the few years he lived after the appearance of Walden, grew less likely to champion the virtues of social isolation, he never did imagine his isolation at Walden as anything more than an experiment; indeed, there is ample evidence, from both Walden and his journals, that he never really took seriously the idea that he could truly isolate himself from others.

1846Thoreau makes another trip to Maine, where he climbs Mount Katahdin. In July he is jailed for refusing to pay a poll tax, in protest against the government舗s support of slavery and the Mexican War. After a night in jail, he is released when someone (presumably a family member) pays the tax. 舡1847Thoreau moves out of the Walden cabin and into Emerson舗s home. 舡1848He moves back into his family home. 舠 Resistance to Civil Government,舡 the original published title of 舡Civil Disobedience,舠 appears.

By contrast, Thoreau舗s public lectures often address the social conflicts of the day, and they do so plainly and with straightforward moral urgency. In several of his lectures Thoreau takes on the problem of slavery and, more particularly, the North舗s failure to respond to the various political maneuvers designed to protect the great compromise between North and South. Others have emphasized another shift in Thoreau舗s writing after Walden, a shift in focus from the consciousness of the participant-observer to the actual social and natural world outside that consciousness.

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