the 150th Anniversary of a Masterpiece
WALDEN: 150TH ANNIVERSARY ILLUSTRATED EDITION OF THE AMERICAN CLASSIC
BY HENRY DAVID THOREAU
PHOTOGRAPHS BY SCOT MILLER
INTRODUCTION BY E.O. WILSON
Published in collaboration with The Walden Woods Project
August 9, 2004, marked the 150th anniversary of the original publication of Henry David Thoreau’s Walden, one of the most widely read and influential books ever published. In celebration of this historic occasion, Houghton Mifflin is proud to publish a special anniversary edition of the classic work, in cooperation with the Walden Woods Project, the nonprofit organization founded by recording artist Don Henley in 1990 to protect the land and waters celebrated in Thoreau’s writing.
Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner E.O. Wilson contributes a thoughtful introduction. The beautifully illustrated edition is priced at $28.12, half a cent less than Thoreau spent building his cabin at Walden Pond. Houghton Mifflin and photographer Scot Miller will donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of each book to the Walden Woods Project.
Houghton Mifflin’s predecessor, Ticknor and Fields, was the original publisher of Walden, Or Life in the Woods in 1854. At the time the book was largely ignored, and it took five years to sell out the first printing of two thousand copies. It was not until 1862, the year of Thoreau’s death, that the book was brought back into print. Since then it has never been out of print, and it has been published in hundreds of editions and translated into virtually every modern language. Few books have had such significant impact worldwide and enjoyed such enduring popularity, inspiring millions to ponder how to live their lives.
Adding to the inspiration in this edition are the eighty-nine stunning color photographs by Scot Miller; Miller’s images capture Walden as vividly as Thoreau’s words do. The book also features four historical black-and-white photographs by Herbert Wendell Gleason, who photographed Walden Pond and the Walden Woods area in the late 1800s and early 1900s, and a map of the pond.
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