"A copy of Thoreau's Walden"

First published in 1854, Thoreau's Walden deals with themes of isolation from society, self-sufficiency and solitude as experienced by the writer himself. His was not a totally hermit-like experience, however, as he remained in touch with family and friends when he withdrew to a cottage on the outskirts of town.

The book deals with Thoreau's observations on society, classical literature, bean cultivation and conformity. It is normally associated with the American Transcendentalist movement of the Nineteenth Century, and with the works of contemporaries such as Ralph Waldo Emerson and Walt Whitman.