Now Comes Good Sailing: Writers Reflect on Henry David Thoreau (Hardcover)

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Now Comes Good Sailing: Writers Reflect on Henry David Thoreau (Hardcover)

By Andrew Blauner (Editor)

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From twenty-seven of today's leading writers, an anthology of original pieces on the author of Walden

Features essays by Jennifer Finney Boylan - Kristen Case - George Howe Colt - Gerald Early - Paul Elie - Will Eno - Adam Gopnik - Lauren Groff - Celeste Headlee - Pico Iyer - Alan Lightman - James Marcus - Megan Marshall - Michelle Nijhuis - Zo Pollak - Jordan Salama - Tatiana Schlossberg - A. O. Scott - Mona Simpson - Stacey Vanek Smith - Wen Stephenson - Robert Sullivan - Amor Towles - Sherry Turkle - Geoff Wisner - Rafia Zakaria - and a cartoon by Sandra Boynton

The world is never done catching up with Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), the author of Walden, "Civil Disobedience," and other classics. A prophet of environmentalism and vegetarianism, an abolitionist, and a critic of materialism and technology, Thoreau even seems to have anticipated a world of social distancing in his famous experiment at Walden Pond. In Now Comes Good Sailing, twenty-seven of today's leading writers offer wide-ranging original pieces exploring how Thoreau has influenced and inspired them--and why he matters more than ever in an age of climate, racial, and technological reckoning.

Here, Lauren Groff retreats from the COVID-19 pandemic to a rural house and writing hut, where, unable to write, she rereads Walden; Pico Iyer describes how Thoreau provided him with an unlikely guidebook to Japan; Gerald Early examines Walden and the Black quest for nature; Rafia Zakaria reflects on solitude, from Thoreau's Concord to her native Pakistan; Mona Simpson follows in Thoreau's footsteps at Maine's Mount Katahdin; Jennifer Finney Boylan reads Thoreau in relation to her experience of coming out as a trans woman; Adam Gopnik traces Thoreau's influence on the New Yorker editor E. B. White and his book Charlotte's Web; and there's much more.

The result is a lively and compelling collection that richly demonstrates the countless ways Thoreau continues to move, challenge, and provoke readers today.
Andrew Blauner is a literary agent and the editor of seven previous anthologies, including Coach: 25 Writers Reflect on People Who Made a Difference, The Peanuts Papers: Writers and Cartoonists on Charlie Brown, Snoopy & the Gang, and the Meaning of Life, and In Their Lives: Great Writers on Great Beatles Songs. Facebook.com/ThoreauAnthology
Product Details ISBN: 9780691215228
ISBN-10: 0691215227
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication Date: October 19th, 2021
Pages: 368
Language: English

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