Paper $12.00 ISBN: 9780226624969 Will Publish April 2020
An e-book edition will be published.

The Daily Henry David Thoreau

A Year of Quotes from the Man Who Lived in Season

Henry David Thoreau

The Daily Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau

Edited and with a Foreword by Laura Dassow Walls
224 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2020
Paper $12.00 ISBN: 9780226624969 Will Publish April 2020
E-book $12.00 ISBN: 9780226625010 Will Publish April 2020
“Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of each.”
 
Modernity rules our lives by clock and calendar, dividing the stream of time into units and coordinating every passing moment with the universal globe. Henry David Thoreau subverted both clock and calendar, using them not to regulate time’s passing but to open up and explore its presence. This little volume thus embodies, in small compass, Thoreau’s own ambition to “live in season”—to turn with the living sundial of the world, and, by attuning ourselves to nature, to heal our modern sense of discontinuity with our surroundings.
 
Ralph Waldo Emerson noted with awe that from flowers alone, Thoreau could tell the calendar date within two days; children remembered long into adulthood how Thoreau showed them white waterlilies awakening not by the face of a clock but at the first touch of the sun. As Thoreau wrote in Walden, “Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in. I drink at it; but while I drink I see the sandy bottom and detect how shallow it is.”
 
Drawn from the full range of Thoreau’s journals and published writings, and arranged according to season, The Daily Henry David Thoreau allows us to discover the endless variation and surprise to be found in the repetitions of mundane cycles. Thoreau saw in the kernel of each day an earth enchanted, one he honed into sentences tuned with an artist’s eye and a musician’s ear. Thoreau’s world lives on in his writing so that we too may discover, even in a fallen world, a beauty worth defending.
For more information, or to order this book, please visit https://www.press.uchicago.edu
Google preview here

Chicago Manual of Style

Chicago Blog: Literature

Events in Literature

Keep Informed

JOURNALs