Thoreau & Beyond



Or, Life in the Woods

I do not propose to write an ode to dejection, but to brag as lustily as chanticleer in the morning, standing on his roost, if only to wake my neighbours up.


Table of Contents

Please note that the first chapter, “Economy,” is very long — it is almost 3 times the length of the next-longest chapter (“The Ponds”) and about 6 times as long as the shortest chapter (“Solitude”) — and as such is not entirely conducive for reading as a web page unless one plans ahead to read the entire chapter in one sitting.

Thus, for this online version, that one chapter is available for viewing as both a single, complete file, or split into multiple sections, using the major section breaks within the chapter as guideposts for dividing the chapter up into relatively self-contained sub-chapters.


Introductory Note
— from the 1906 edition

Chapter I:

Chapter II:

Where I Lived, and What I Lived For

Chapter III:


Chapter IV:


Chapter V:


Chapter VI:


Chapter VII:

The Bean Field

Chapter VIII:

The Village

Chapter IX:

The Ponds

Chapter X:

Baker Farm

Chapter XI:

Higher Laws

Chapter XII:

Brute Neighbors

Chapter XIII:


Chapter XIV:

Former Inhabitants and Winter Visitors

Chapter XV:

Winter Animals

Chapter XVI:

The Pond in Winter

Chapter XVII:


Chapter XVIII:


The original title page for the first edition of Walden.


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