Walden; or, Life in the Woods

by Henry David Thoreau

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WHEN I WROTE the following pages, or rather the bulk of them, I lived alone, in the woods, a mile from any neighbor, in a house which I had built myself, on the shore of Walden Pond, in Concord, Massachusetts, and earned my living by the labor of my hands only. I lived there two years and two months. At present I am a sojourner in civilized life again.

- Henry David Thoreau, from Chapter 1: Economics, of Walden

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