The Writings of Henry D. Thoreau

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The Writings of Henry D. Thoreau is a project that aims to provide, for the first time, accurate texts of the complete works of Henry David Thoreau, the American author, including his journal, his personal letters, and his writings for publication. Since the project was founded in 1966, Princeton University Press has published sixteen of its volumes.

The project is located in the Davidson Library at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and is directed by Elizabeth Witherell. Funds for the project come from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the National Trust for the Humanities, and UC Santa Barbara.[1]


The Writings of Henry D. Thoreau has already published sixteen volumes: Walden, The Maine Woods, Reform Papers, Early Essays and Miscellanies, A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers, Translations, Excursions, Cape Cod, and Journals 1-8 .

When completed, The Writings of Henry D. Thoreau will comprise fourteen more volumes (thirty in total): Correspondence (3 volumes), Poems, Nature Essays (2 volumes), and Journals 9-16.

All of these works were either previously unpublished or incorrectly or incompletely transcribed.[2]


Since Thoreau's writings have such an impact on American history and culture, NEH designated the Thoreau Edition as a "We the People" project in June 2003. [3]


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