Today is the official publication date for the NYRB Classics edition of Henry David Thoreau's Journal. Last month, while in town to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the series at the Harvard Bookstore, in Cambridge, MA, Edwin Frank sat down with Jenny Attiyeh of Thoughtcast to discuss the book.
We also recommend reading Geoff Wisner's review of the Journal at The Quarterly Conversation. Geoff has a passion for Thoreau, and for the Journal in particular. So we held our breath knowing he was working on an assessment. Well, what does he have to say?
Damion Searls’ new edition is meant to showcase the Journal as a unified work of literature. More than any previous version, it allows a direct encounter with this great work and approximates the experience of reading the whole. In fact, by clearing away some of the underbrush in the fourteen volumes, it highlights the better-known passages and uncovers hidden gems and significant connections.