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Selected Editions of Thoreau's Works

The following texts of Thoreau's works are recommended because they are the most accurate and complete available. Volumes published in The Writings of Henry D. Thoreau--also known as the Princeton Edition--are listed first:

Cape Cod, ed. Joseph J. Moldenhauer (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1988).

Early Essays and Miscellanies, ed. Joseph J. Moldenhauer and Edwin Moser, with Alexander C. Kern (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1975).

Excursions, ed. Joseph J. Moldenhauer (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2007).

Journal 1: 1837-1844, ed. Elizabeth Witherell et al. (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1981).

Journal 2: 1842-1848, ed. Robert Sattelmeyer (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1984).

Journal 3: 1848-1851, ed. Robert Sattelmeyer, Mark R. Patterson, and William Rossi (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1990).

Journal 4: 1851-1852, ed. Leonard N. Neufeldt and Nancy Craig Simmons (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1992).

Journal 5: 1852-1853, ed. Patrick F. O'Connell (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1997).

Journal 6: 1853, ed. William Rossi and Heather Kirk Thomas (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2000).

Journal 7: 1853-1854, ed. Nancy Craig Simmons and Ron Thomas (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2009).

Journal 8: 1854, ed. Sandra Harbert Petrulionis (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2002)

The Maine Woods, ed. Joseph J. Moldenhauer (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1972).

Reform Papers, ed. Wendell Glick (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1973).

Translations, ed. K. P. Van Anglen (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1986).

Walden, ed. J. Lyndon Shanley (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1971).

A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers, ed. Carl F. Hovde, William L. Howarth, and Elizabeth Witherell (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1980).

For those works not yet published by the Princeton Edition, the following editions are recommended:

The Correspondence of Henry David Thoreau, ed. Carl Bode and Walter Harding (New York: New York University Press, 1958). The letters that will be included in the Princeton Edition of Correspondence are listed at Thoreau's Correspondence.

Henry David Thoreau: Collected Essays and Poems, selected by Elizabeth Witherell (New York: The Library of America, 2001). All of the essays and poems, with each genre presented in chronological order.

Faith in a Seed: The Dispersion of Seeds and Other Late Natural History Writings, ed. Bradley P. Dean (Washington, DC: Island Press/Shearwater Books, 1993). An important late essay, with an excellent introduction to Thoreau's "life in science" by Robert D. Richardson Jr.

Huckleberries, ed. Leo Stoller (New York and Iowa City: New York Public Library and Windhover Press, 1970). A fine press edition of this essay.

Journal. At present, the only available edited version of the Journal not included in published Princeton Edition volumes is The Journal of Henry David Thoreau, ed. Bradford Torrey and Francis Allen, 14 vols. (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1906). This has been reprinted in two large volumes by Dover (1962) and in fourteen paperback volumes by Peregrine Smith Books (1984). The final entry in Journal 8 of the Princeton Edition is dated September 3, 1854; unedited transcripts of the sixteen manuscript volumes that make up the rest of Thoreau's Journal, beginning with a continuation of the September 3, 1854, entry and ending with an entry dated November 3, 1861, are available at Online Journal Transcripts.

Wild Fruits: Thoreau's Rediscovered Last Manuscript, ed. Bradley P. Dean (New York: W. W. Norton & Co., 2000). Another late, unfinished essay, characterized by John Elder as "a passionately attentive 'Kalendar' of botanical observations."