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Witherell, Elizabeth Hall

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Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy)

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Department of English


Thoreau; Henry David; 1817-1862. Journal. Selections


This dissertation consists of a scholarly edition of the text of two Journal manuscript volumes that Henry Thoreau numbered “XIX” and “XX,” covering May 13, 1855, to April 23, 1856, a Historical Introduction placing the material in these manuscripts within the context of Thoreau's life and work, a Textual Introduction, explanatory annotations, and several lists documenting editorial decisions. The Historical Introduction examines Thoreau's intellectual life as a Transcendentalist and a naturalist during the period this Journal covers. The Historical Introduction is followed by the text of Thoreau's Journal, which is presented in the form that represents his final intention for the text as a journal. Explanatory annotations and a record of the editorial decisions I have made in treating textual elements that Thoreau altered in the course of composing the Journal or revised as he reworked passages for inclusion in his literary compositions, follow Thoreau's text. Written under the auspices of the Thoreau Edition, this dissertation follows the series' style.


Includes bibliographical references (pages [578]-628).


vi, 675 pages




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