Readings 2019


(Workshop faculty noted in bold)

See the daily schedule for the specific assigned readings. The others will be helpful resources to select from according to your teaching area.

• Cramer, Jeffrey, ed. “Introduction.” Walden: A Fully Annotated Edition. Yale University Press, 2004.

• Emerson, Ralph Waldo. “Nature.”
_____. “Thoreau.”

• Finley, JamesHenry David Thoreau in Context. Cambridge University Press, 2017.

• Foster, David. Thoreau’s Country: Journey Through a Transformed Landscape. Harvard University Press, 2001.

• Gross, Robert. “Outsiders.” The Transcendentalists and their World. Hill & Wang, 2017.
_____. “‘The Nick of Time’: Coming of Age in Thoreau’s Concord.” Talk delivered at the Thoreau Society Annual Gathering, 2015.

 _____.“That Terrible Thoreau?: Concord and Its Hermit,” in William E. Cain, ed., A Historical Guide to Henry David Thoreau (New York: Oxford University Press, 2000), pp. 181-241
______. “Commemorating Concord: How a New England Town Invented Itself,” Common-place 4, no. 1 (October 2003)

Higgins, Richard. Thoreau and the Language of Trees.  University of California Press, 2017.

• Johnson, D.B. Henry Builds a Cabin, Henry Climbs a Mountain, Henry Hikes to Fitchburg, and Henry Works. All these books make Thoreau accessible to children. Curriculum activities for elementary-age students and links to other resources are on his website

• Joel Myerson, Sandra Harbert Petrulionis and Laura Dassow Walls, eds. The Oxford Handbook of Transcendentalism. Oxford University Press, 2010.

• Petrulionis, Sandra. Thoreau in His Own Time: A Biographical Chronicle of His Life, Drawn from Recollections, Interviews, & Memoirs by Family, Friends, and Associates. University of Iowa Press, 2012.

 _____. To Set This World Right: The Antislavery Movement in Thoreau’s Concord. Cornell University Press, 2006. Richardson, Robert. Emerson: The Mind on Fire. University of California Press, 1995.
_____. Henry Thoreau: A Life of the Mind. University of California Press, 1986.

• Schulz, Kathryn. “Pond Scum.” The New Yorker. October, 2015.

• Smith, Corinne. Henry David Thoreau for Kids with 21 Activities. Chicago Review Press, 2015.

• Stilgoe, John. Outside Lies Magic: Regaining History and Awareness in Everyday Places. Walker, 1998.

• Thoreau, Henry David. Walden.
_____.“Life Without Principle.”
_____. “Walking.”
_____. “Civil Disobedience.”
_____. “Slavery in Massachusetts.”
_____. “A Plea for Captain John Brown.”
_____. The Heart of Thoreau’s Journals. Edited by Odell Shepard. Dover Books, 1961. _____. The Portable Thoreau. Edited by Jeffrey Cramer. Penguin Classics, 2012.
_____. The Quotable Thoreau. Edited by Jeffrey Cramer. Princeton University Press, 2011.

• Thorson, Robert. Beyond Walden: The Hidden History of America’s Kettle Lakes and Ponds. Bloomsbury (Walker & Co.), 2009.
_____. Walden’s Shore: Henry David Thoreau and Nineteenth-Century Science. Harvard University Press, 2014.

• Walls, Laura Dassow. Writing the Cosmos: A Life of Henry David Thoreau. University of Chicago Press, 2017.

• Wilson, Leslie Perrin and Special Collections staff. “Antislavery in Concord,” and “Emerson in Concord: An Exhibition Commemorating the 200th Anniversary of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Birth.” Concord Free Public Library website.

• Wood, David. An Observant Eye: The Thoreau Collection at the Concord Museum. Concord Museum, 2006.