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Henry David Thoreau Thoreau published only two books during his life. Neither was a financial success. Yet one of those books, Walden, is probably the best selling book in American history. It is certainly the book that had the most impact on the development of the environmental movement. From another of his works, the essay “Walking,” comes the rallying cry of the supporters of wilderness preservation–“In wildness is the preservation of the world.” If you know of any other works by Thoreau that should be included here, please e-mail us at


  • Books published during his life
    • Walden
    • A Week on the Concord and Merrimac


  • Books published posthumously
    • The Maine Woods
    • Cape Cod
    • Faith in a Seed
    • Wild Fruits


  • Nature Essays
    • “Walking”
    • “Wild Apples”
    • “The Succession of Forest Trees”
    • “Autumnal Tints”


  • Essays on Social Justice
    • “Civil Disobedience”
    • “A Plea for Captain John Brown
    • Life Without Principle
    • “Paradise (to be) Regained”


  • Thoreau’s Journals (14 volumes)