Walden is Thoreau's classic autobiographical account of his
experiment in solitary living, his refusal to play by the rules of
hard work and the accumulation of wealth, and above all the freedom
it gave him to adapt his living to the natural world around him.
This new edition traces the sources of Thoreau's reading and
thinking and considers the author in the context of his birthplace
and sense of history--social, economic, and natural. An ecological
appendix provides modern identifications of the myriad plants and
animals to which he gave close attention as he became acclimated to
his life in the woods by Walden Pond.