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By Patrick Chura

WINNER OF THE 2012 DASHER AWARD FOR striking LITERARY SCHOLARSHIP

Henry David Thoreau, considered one of America's such a lot in demand environmental writers, supported himself as a land surveyor for a lot of his existence, parceling land that might be bought off to loggers. within the purely research of its sort, Patrick Chura analyzes this seeming contradiction to teach how the simplest surveyor in harmony mixed civil engineering with civil disobedience.

Placing Thoreau's surveying in old context, Thoreau the Land Surveyor explains the cultural and ideological implications of surveying paintings within the mid-nineteenth century. Chura explains the ways in which Thoreau's environmentalist disposition and philosophical convictions asserted themselves whilst he diminished the land to measurable phrases and acted as an agent for bringing it lower than proprietary keep an eye on. He additionally describes intimately Thoreau's 1846 survey of Walden Pond. by way of deciding on the origins of Walden in--of all places--surveying facts, Chura re-creates a formerly misplaced aiding manuscript of this American classic.

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