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Cape Cod (1865)
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Thoreau's classic account of his meditative, beach-combing walking trips to Cape Cod in the early 1850s, reflecting on the elemental forces of the sea
Cape Cod chronicles Henry David Thoreau’s journey of discovery along this evocative stretch of Massachusetts coastline, during which time he came to understand the complex relationship between the sea and the shore. He spent his nights in lighthouses, in fishing huts, and on isolated farms. He passed his days wandering the beaches, where he observed the wide variety of life and death offered up by the ocean. Through these observations, Thoreau discovered that the only way to truly know the seaits depth, its wildness, and the natural life it containedwas to study it from the shore. Like his most famous work, Walden, Cape Cod is full of Thoreau’s unique perceptions and precise descriptions. But it is also full of his own joy and wonder at having stumbled across a new frontier so close to home, where a man may stand and put all America behind him.”
Part of the Penguin Nature Library
Series Editor: Edward Hoagland
With an Introduction by Paul Theroux
(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:06:51 -0400)
Arguably some of Thoreau's most beautiful writings on American history and natural scenery, this collection is dedicated to the poet's ruminations on the beaches of Cape Cod. Exploring the variety of natural life and human interests that have intersected on the Cape, Thoreau brings the richness of its history and natural beauty to life with his poetic, and occasionally outlandish, musings.
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