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- Full Title: Walden; or, Life in the Woods
- When Written: Between 1847 and 1854
- Where Written: Concord, Massachusetts
- When Published: 1854
- Literary Period: American Transcendentalism
- Genre: Memoir; Philosophical text
- Setting: The woods around Walden Pond, near Concord, Massachusetts.
- Point of View: First person (Thoreau is the narrator)
Extra Credit for Walden
Writer's Lodge. Thoreau's original purpose in going to live in the woods was not to undergo an experiment in simple living but to concentrate on his writing—in particular his first book, A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers. Ellery Channing, Transcendentalist poet and friend of Thoreau, advised him, "Go out upon that, build yourself a hut, & there begin the grand process of devouring yourself alive. I see no other alternative, no other hope for you."