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Discovery at Walden
Discovery at Walden, Roland Wells Robbins
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Robbins, Roland Wells. Discovery at Walden. Lincoln, Massachusetts: The Thoreau Society, 1999. 61 pp. Paperback.

Roland Wells Robbins' fascinating story of his discovery of Thoreau's Walden Pond hut site, complete with photographs of his findings.

Walden Pond, Bonnie McGrath
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Photographs by Bonnie McGrath
Reflections by Henry David Thoreau
Commonwealth Editions, 2001. 64 pp. Hardcover, 7 x 7 inch format.


The photographs in this collection are the work of a lifelong visitor to Walden. Matched with quotations from Walden, or Life in the Woods, they allow the reader to stand in Thoreau's shoes and see what he did while gathering observations for his great work.

Searching For Thoreau, Tom Slayton
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Slayton, Tom Searching for Thoreau: On the Trails and Shores of Wild New England, Bennington,VT: Images From the Past Publishing, 2007. 240pp. Paperback
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Searching for Thoreau vividly transports the reader to the places in New England that were most important to the great American writer/naturalist Henry David Thoreau in 10 vigorous essays that range from Walden Pond to the shores of Cape Cod and the heights of Mount Katahdin in northern Maine. The author, Tom Slayton, recounts his first-hand experiences comparing them to Thoreau's from 150 years earlier; he also compares their observations on the places themselves and their reflections on the causes of change, all with ample use of excerpts from Thoreau's writings.
  • Chronology of Thoreau's travels.
  • When You Go section of practical information for each chapter.
  • Illustrated with new sketches and maps.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:Tom Slayton, editor-in-chief of Vermont Life Magazine from 1986-2007, and a long-time commentator for Vermont Public Radio, has published books on various subjects related to travel, art, and literature, including Sabra Field, the Art of Place. He recently was granted an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the University of Vermont, and has also received an honorary doctorate from Southern Vermont College and the Franklin Fairbanks Award for outstanding service to Vermont and its people. He has spent more than 30 years studying the works of Henry David Thoreau and traveling to places associated with him. He has given public presentations and published several articles on those travels. Mr. Slayton is a member of the Green Mountain Club, the Appalachian Mountain Club and the 4,000-footers Club of the AMC. He lives in Montpelier, Vermont with his wife, Elizabeth.

Thoreau's Walden - DVD
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27 minutes; PBS
A series of stunning video images of Walden Pond, enhanced by voice-overs of relevant quotes from the writings of Henry D. Thoreau.
A new and updated release in 2012.
Available in DVD ONLY
Walden Pond - A History Paper Back
Walden Pond - A History ( Hardback), W. Barksdale Maynard
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A fascinating history of Walden Pond -- the place, the people who influenced it and were influenced by it, and the important events that took place by its shores.  Very carefully researched, W. Barksdale Maynard presents the history of this famous place from the time Thoreau visited it at the age of 4 (1821) until the present day (publication 2004).  Well illustrated with many historical photographs and detailed maps of Thoreau country.
This hardback is out of print, but we have some copies available at this special price.
6 x 9 inch format, 403 pp.
Thoreau's Walden
Thoreau's Walden, Henry David Thoreau
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Smith, Tim. Thoreau's Walden. Arcadia Publishing: 2002. Paperback.

From Arcadia Publishing's Images of America series, Thoreau's Walden presents the history and beauty of Walden Pond through Henry David Thoreau's writings and Tim Smith's historical research and photography.

 

The Man Who Found Thoreau
The Man Who Found Thoreau, Donald W. Linebaugh
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Linebaugh, Donald W. The Man Who Found Thoreau; Roland W. Robbins and the Rise of Historical Archaeology in America. University Press of New England, 1st Edition, 294 pp. Hardbound.
 
A thorough new accounting of the work of the controversial archaeologist Roland Robbins.

In The Man Who Found Thoreau Donald Linebaugh presents a succinct, articulate examination of the work of the pioneering but controversial archaeologist Roland Wells Robbins (1908–1987) and the development of historical archaeology in America. In 1945 the self-taught Robbins discovered the remains of Thoreau’s cabin at Walden Pond. He excavated the site, documented his findings, and in 1947 published a short book, Discovery at Walden, about the experience. This project launched Robbins’s career in archaeology, restoration, and reconstruction, and he went on to excavate at a number of New England iron works and other sites, including the Philipsburg Manor Upper Mills in New York, Stawbery Banke in New Hampshire, and Shadwell, Thomas Jefferson’s Virginia birthplace. Although lacking academic training, Robbins quickly developed remarkably sophisticated techniques for the period. However, his “pick and shovel” methods were considered suspect and increasingly frowned upon by the emerging American historical archaeological establishment. As the profession evolved, trained American historical archaeologists, according to Donald Linebaugh, too scrupulously wrote Robbins out of the history of their emerging field. With the help of previously unpublished information, the author offers a balanced assessment of Robbins and his place in New England regional history and the history of American historical archaeology. The Man Who Found Thoreau is a must-read for scholars, students, and historical archaeology buffs alike.

Walden Warming, by R. Primack

Walden Warming: Climate Change Comes to Thoreau's Woods,
by Richard B. Primack.
The author uses Thoreau and "Walden", icons of the conservation movement, to track the effects of a warming climate on Concord's plants and animals.
Hard cover, 264 pp, 6 x 9 inch format.
Published April 1, 2014.
Walden's Shore -Thorsen
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Walden's Shore : Henry David Thoreau and Nineteenth-Century Science
by Robert M. Thorsen
Hard Cover, 6 x 9 inch format, 440 pp.
Harvard University Press,  January, 2014