Walden, the Book...

Henry David Thoreau's Walden; or, Life in the Woods is one of the cornerstones of 19th century American literature. More than just a memoir of the two years he spent living in a cabin he built on the shores of Walden Pond, it also includes his frank observations on truth, introspection, self-reliance, simplicity, solitude, and the divinity of nature.

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Publication details and cover images of more than 130 different editions of the book.

Full Text

Walden has been in the public domain for many years. Read it in its entirety.

Other Resources

There are a myriad of other resources on the web about Thoreau's life and writings. We've accumulated just a few for you.

Brief Biography

A quick look at Thoreau's life and how Walden came to be.

Developer API

If you are interested in hooking in to the database of information related to the different editions of Walden and other resources cataloged on this site, there is a publicly-accessible RESTful Web API available for use at any time.