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By Patrick Chura

WINNER OF THE 2012 DASHER AWARD FOR notable LITERARY SCHOLARSHIP

Henry David Thoreau, one in every of America's so much in demand environmental writers, supported himself as a land surveyor for a lot of his existence, parceling land that may be offered off to loggers. within the in simple terms research of its type, 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 ancient 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 at the same time he lowered the land to measurable phrases and acted as an agent for bringing it lower than proprietary regulate. He additionally describes intimately Thoreau's 1846 survey of Walden Pond. via settling on the origins of Walden in--of all places--surveying info, Chura re-creates a formerly misplaced aiding manuscript of this American classic.

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