The Writings of Henry D. Thoreau Dunshee Ambrotype of Thoreau, 1861 (Courtesy Concord Museum)
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"Reflection of two trees by river at Concord Junction, June 24, 1916" (Courtesy Concord Free Public Library)
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The Thoreau Edition will be in transition for the next few months, and Edition staff will not be able to respond to comments and questions during this period. Instead, we encourage you to contact Jeffrey S. Cramer, Curator of Collections at the Thoreau Institute at Walden Woods with your questions and comments.

Our site does offer several resources that you can explore yourself. If you are looking for the source of a quotation, first try Find a Quotation, a searchable database containing a number of selections from Thoreau's writings. Other resources for quotations are the electronic versions of Thoreau's writings at the Thoreau's Life & Writings page of the Thoreau Institute Web-site, and Bartlett's Familiar Quotations. Using Google to search for parts of the quotation can also be successful, especially if you enter as a search term part of the quotation containing unusual words or characteristic phrasing, and surround the phrase with quotation marks (for example, "three for society"). You may have to try several versions of the phrase. A good print source for quotations is "Simplify, Simplify" and Other Quotations from Henry David Thoreau, edited by Kevin Van Anglen (New York: Columbia University Press, 1996).

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If you are collecting information for a school assignment, we recommend that you begin with the various pages in the About Thoreau section of this site, especially Frequently Asked Questions (Thoreau FAQ), The Life and Times of Henry D. Thoreau, and Reflections on Walden. Information at Further Reading, and Related Sites may also be helpful.

The following sites present material that may be useful:

The Thoreau Reader

The Thoreau Society

The American Transcendentalism Web

The Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Ralph Waldo Emerson Society