Walden; or, Life in the Woods
by Henry David Thoreau
click on the image for a larger version
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
[ full text, with notes - offsite ]