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The Resource Walden's shore : Henry David Thoreau and Nineteenth-Century science, Robert M. Thorson

Walden's shore : Henry David Thoreau and Nineteenth-Century science, Robert M. Thorson

Label
Walden's shore : Henry David Thoreau and Nineteenth-Century science
Title
Walden's shore
Title remainder
Henry David Thoreau and Nineteenth-Century science
Statement of responsibility
Robert M. Thorson
Title variation
Henry David Thoreau and Nineteenth-Century science
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Let us settle ourselves, and work and wedge our feet downward," Thoreau invites his readers in Walden, "till we come to a hard bottom and rocks in place, which we can call reality." Walden's Shore explores Thoreau's understanding of that hard reality, not as metaphor but as physical science. Robert M. Thorson is interested in Thoreau the rock and mineral collector, interpreter of landscapes, and field scientist whose compass and measuring stick were as important to him as his plant press. At Walden's climax, Thoreau asks us to imagine a "living earth" upon which all animal and plant life is parasitic. This book examines Thoreau's understanding of the geodynamics of that living earth, and how his understanding informed the writing of Walden. The story unfolds against the ferment of natural science in the nineteenth century, as Natural Theology gave way to modern secular science. That era saw one of the great blunders in the history of American science--the rejection of glacial theory. Thorson demonstrates just how close Thoreau came to discovering a "theory of everything" that could have explained most of the landscape he saw from the doorway of his cabin at Walden. At pivotal moments in his career, Thoreau encountered the work of the geologist Charles Lyell and that of his protégé Charles Darwin. Thorson concludes that the inevitable path of Thoreau's thought was descendental, not transcendental, as he worked his way downward through the complexity of life to its inorganic origin, the living rock
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1951-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Thorson, Robert M.
Dewey number
818/.303
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
PS3048
LC item number
.T55 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Literature and science
  • Nature in literature
  • Thoreau, Henry David
  • Walden Woods (Mass.)
Label
Walden's shore : Henry David Thoreau and Nineteenth-Century science, Robert M. Thorson
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Rock reality -- Landscape of loss -- Thoreau's arctic vision -- After the deluge -- Meltdown to beauty -- The Walden system -- Sensing Walden -- Writing Walden -- Interpreting Walden -- Mythology -- Simplicity
Control code
840460734
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xviii, 421 pages
Isbn
9780674724785
Lccn
2013013531
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)840460734
Label
Walden's shore : Henry David Thoreau and Nineteenth-Century science, Robert M. Thorson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Rock reality -- Landscape of loss -- Thoreau's arctic vision -- After the deluge -- Meltdown to beauty -- The Walden system -- Sensing Walden -- Writing Walden -- Interpreting Walden -- Mythology -- Simplicity
Control code
840460734
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xviii, 421 pages
Isbn
9780674724785
Lccn
2013013531
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)840460734

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