First published in 1852. The first American novel to become an international best-seller, Stowe's book charts the progress from slavery to freedom of fugitives who escape the chains of American chattel slavery, and of a martyr who transcends all earthly ties. This edition firmly located the book within the context of African-American writing, and considers issues of race and the role of women. Includes Frederick Douglass's The Heroic Slave.Oxford University Press, 1998, 2008. Paperback, 536 pp.
A collection of about 100 quotes from John Muir, complete with attributions of original sources. Collected and edited by The Thoreau Society's own Richard Smith.Applewood Books, 2018. Hardcover, 32 pp.
A succinct look at the life of American author and naturalist John Muir (1838-1914). Penned by The Thoreau Society's own Richard Smith.Benna Books / Applewood Books, 2018. Hardcover, 28 pp.
An instant bestseller when it was first published in 1845. Douglass describes his life as a slave, the cruelty he suffered at the hands of his masters, his struggle to educate himself, and his fight for freedom. Passionately written, the Narrative came to assume epic proportions as a founding anti-slavery text in which Douglass carefully crafted both his life story and his persona. This new edition includes extracts from Douglass's primary sources and examples of his writing on women's rights.Oxford University Press, 1999, 2009. Paperback, 129 pp.
John Muir's exuberance for nature was the touchstone for his commitment to the earth and all its creatures. As naturalist, writer, and activist, Muir shaped the spiritual and physical boundaries of some of our most treasured national parks. Editor Chris Highland pairs 60 insightful Muir quotes with selections from other celebrated thinkers and spiritual texts. Let Muir's words enrich your experience as you ponder the wilderness from river bank, mountain top, or as you relax beside your campfire under night stars.Wilderness Press, 2001. Paperback, 5 x 7 inch format, 145 pp.
Presents 60 reflections from this great and prolific American naturalist, John Burroughs (1837-1921). Pairs his writings with other and more contemporary writers.2007. Paperback, 5 x 8 inch format, 142 pp.
Working variously as a printer, journalist, teacher and Civil War nurse, Walt Whitman traveled across the continent soaking the ink of the wilds and the urban into his pen. This sampler of 60 short selections from Whitman's poems draws from the heart of each passage. Each selection is paired with a relevant quote from a historical or contemporary writer. Let his words accompany you on your own trails of discovery and help you discover the earth, your likeness.Wilderness Press, 2004. Paper Back, 5 x 7 inch format, 150 pp.
Chronicles the life of Frederick Douglass -- former slave, bestselling author, outspoken newspaper editor, brilliant orator, tireless abolitionist, and brave civil rights leaders. A combination biography and activity book for middle grade readers and up. Part of the For Kids series.Chicago Review Press, 2012. Paperback, 145 pp.
Presents an informative and richly considered exploration of the paradox of a man steeped in the Bible but more than willing to kill for his abolitionist cause. Locates John Brown within the currents of nineteenth century life and compares him to modern terrorists, civil rights activists, and freedom fighters. This is a vivid and startling story of a man and an age on the verge of calamity. Vintage Books, 2005. Paperback, 578 pp.
Caroline Healey Dall (1822-1912) was an astute observer and active participant in nearly every major intellectual and political movement of her day, from Transcendentalism to abolition to women's rights. These selections from her journals -- probably the longest-running series of diaries kept by any American woman -- reveal Dall's brilliant mind, her ready wit, and her deep understanding of the currents of change that swept the country during its first century of nationhood.Beacon Press, 2005. Paperback, 452 pp.
Demonstrates the epic scale of Walt Whitman's achievement in encompassing all of America. Details the dreams and anxieties that impelled his passions, for it places the poet securely within the political and cultural context of his age. Breathes new life into the biographical genre.Vintage Books, Random House, 1995, 1996. Paperback, 671 pp.
One of the earliest pieces of American nature writing and the first by a woman. The daughter of novelist James Fenimore Cooper, Susan Fenimore Cooper (1813-1894) uses narratives and descriptions of her walks and excursions to reveal her ideal society as a rural one, carefully poised between the receding wilderness and a looming industrialization. The edition, the only printing of the full original text since 1876, restores passages excised by the author for an 1887 edition. Edited by Rochelle Johnson and Daniel Patterson.University of Georgia Press, 1998. Paperback, 352 pp.
Explores the moment when literature and history collided and literature rewrote history. Includes 30 photographs, maps, proclamations, and a detailed timeline of events surrounding John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry.McFarland, 2009. Paperback, 200 pages.
The 100th Anniversary Illustrated Edition of the American classic. With a foreword by Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns. This is John Muir's best and most enduring book, enhanced by photographs by renown photographer Scot Miller.Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011. Hardcover, 190 pp.
Three of Stowe's books in one handy volume: Uncle Tom's Cabin, The Minister's Wooing, and Oldtown Folks. Includes chronology.Library of America, 1982. Hardcover, 1478 pp.
150th Anniversary Edition of the 1855 release of Walt Whitman's classic work. It captures the typeface, design, and layout of the original edition as supervised by the poet himself. Includes Ralph Waldo Emerson's July 1855 letter to Whitman, Whitman's letter in response to Emerson, contemporary reviews, and an afterword by biography David S. Reynolds. A nice tribute edition for any Whitman appreciator.Oxford University Press, 2005. Hardcover, 167 pp.
The most photographed American of the 19th century was Frederick Douglass (1818-1895), the ex-slave turned leading abolitionist, eloquent orator, and seminal writer whose fiery speeches transformed him into one of the most renowned and popular agitators of his age. Here Douglass emerges as a leading pioneer in photography, both as a stately subject and as a prescient theorist who believed in the explosive social power of what was then just a nascent art form. His legacy is is inseparable from his portrait gallery, which contains 160 separate photographs. At last, all of these photographs have been collected into a single volume. Also included are other representations of Douglass during his lifetime and after -- such as paintings, statues, and satirical cartoons -- as well as Douglass's own writings on visual aesthetics, which have never before been transcribed from his own handwritten drafts. A stunning achievement and a handsome volume.Liveright Publishing Corporation, 2015. 12.25 x 9.25 x 1 inches. Hardcover, 288 pp.