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Author Milder, Robert.

Title Reimagining Thoreau / Robert Milder.

Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1995.


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Physical description xiii, 237 pages ; 24 cm.
Series Cambridge studies in American literature and culture ; 85.
Cambridge studies in American literature and culture ; 85.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 205-231) and index.
Contents Pt. I. 1837-1849. 1. "A False Position in Society" 2. "Under the Eyelids of Time": A week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers -- Pt. II. 1845-1854. 3. Disconstructing Walden. 4. Walden and the Rhetoric of Ascent. 5. Interregnum (1849-1852). 6. Defying Gravity (1852-1854) -- Pt. III. 1854-1862. 7. "A Point of Interest Somewhere Between" (1854-1857). 8. "Annexing New Territories" (1857-1862).
Summary Reimagining Thoreau is a major reconsideration of Thoreau's career from his graduation from Harvard in 1837 to his death in 1862. Combining biographical and manuscript evidence with a fresh reading of nearly all of Thoreau's texts, Robert Milder focuses on the drama of psychosocial adjustment occurring within and beneath the written work. Rooted in the microcosm of ante-bellum Concord but also in the private urgencies of his nature, Thoreau's writings, in Milder's view, are rhetorical efforts to mediate his troubled relations with his fellow townsmen and to inscribe and thereby realize an ideal self. At the center of Reimagining Thoreau is the first detailed interpretation of Walden as a temporally layered text that changed as Thoreau himself changed during the years of composition and whose shifts and discontinuities suggest a subtler, more conflicted story than the myth of triumph Thoreau deliberately shaped.
Subject Thoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862.
Authors, American -- 19th century -- Biography.
ISBN 0521461499 (hardback)