introductory note to Thoreau’s THE MAINE WOODS

From the historic introduction:

The Maine Woods was the second volume collected from his writings after Thoreau’s death. Of the material which composed it, the first two divisions were already in print. “Ktaadn and the Maine Woods” was the title of a paper printed in 1848 in The Union Magazine, and “Chesuncook” was published in The Atlantic Monthly in 1858. The book was edited by his friend William Ellery Channing.

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want exciting useful work? try logging.


Biking the Greenwood Road we saw loggers working their gigantic machines, cutting, chopping, mincing the forest. The noise was tremendous, industrial.  I stepped over a log-laid ditch to ask if I might take pictures, and was given the nod with smiles. When I came back to R. after taking these images, he asked—concerned lest they be suspicious.  I’ve before encountered the “polite handling” in woods when coming across the work.

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snowshoe repair on Shadagee Road


We drove north  and stopped at East Dixfield on Route 2 for a mile’s walk. Then we got back in the car and drove to Farmington, went on through this small university town and up into high and beautiful farm country.  All trimmed out in large old trees and flowers, great maples and oaks occasionally lining the road.  We went on down into the boondocks and further back roads looking for Shadagee Road, where snowshoe repair is done in a shack off the electric grid. A sign at the beginning of the dead-end dirt lane said: “Your GPS is wrong. Deadend, Go back….” or something similar.

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