Thoreau at Walden

Thoreau at Walden

Graphic Novel - 2008
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I am convinced, both by faith and experience, that to maintain one's self on this earth is not a hardship, but a pastime, if we will live simply and wisely. So said Henry David Thoreau in 1845 when he began his famous experiment in living on Walden Pond. In this graphic masterpiece, John Porcellino uses only the visionary words of Thoreau himself to tell the story of those two years off the beaten track. The pared-down text focuses on Thoreau's most profound ideas, and Porcellino's fresh, simple pictures bring the philosopher's sojourn at Walden to cinematic life. For readers who know Walden intimately, this graphic treatment will provide a vivid new interpretation of Thoreau's story. For those who have never read the original, it presents a contemporary look at Thoreau's call to slow down in an ever-accelerating world, a message that is as relevant today (if not more so) as it was 150 years ago. The Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS), America's premier cartooning school, was founded in 2005 under the leadership of James Sturm, who is the creative director of The Center for Cartoon Studies Books. CCS is located in downtown White River Junction, Vermont, in the historic Colodny Surprise Department Store.
Publisher: New York : Hyperion, c2008.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781423100386
Branch Call Number: GN 818.303 THOREAU
Characteristics: viii, 99 pages : illustrations, map ; 26 cm.


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Sep 16, 2011

A great introduction to "Walden" by Henry David Thoreau, one that I can see working to draw readers toward the actual work. Well done!

quagga Jan 04, 2010

"Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads." John Porcellino's simple line drawings pair well with brief excerpts from Henry David Thoreau's writings. The book is divided into four seasons, which gives a narrative flow to time spent at Walden Pond. Additional material at the beginning and the end will help orient new readers to Thoreau's work and will point them towards further reading. Grade 6-12.


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