The Winged Life: The Poetic Voice of Henry David Thoreau Edited and With Commentaries by Robert Bly. Henry David Thoreau, Robert Bly.
The Winged Life: The Poetic Voice of Henry David Thoreau Edited and With Commentaries by Robert Bly
The Winged Life: The Poetic Voice of Henry David Thoreau Edited and With Commentaries by Robert Bly
The Winged Life: The Poetic Voice of Henry David Thoreau Edited and With Commentaries by Robert Bly

The Winged Life: The Poetic Voice of Henry David Thoreau Edited and With Commentaries by Robert Bly

ISBN: 0871567628
San Francisco, CA: Sierra Club Books, 1986. First Trade Edition. Hardcover. "Thoreau was sure that we could have an original love affair with the universe, but only if we decline to marry the world, and he suspected that the divine man is the man uncontrolled by social obligation. He believed that the young man or young woman should give up tending the machine of civilization and instead farm the soul. We can sense the boundaries of our soul, whose stakes are set thousands of miles out in space, only if we disintegrate property boundaries here on earth. When we fight for the soul and its life, we receive as reward not fame, not wages, not friends, but what is already in the soul, a freshness that no one can destroy, that animals and trees share." (Robert Bly, pg. 3, quoted on back cover of dust jacket) In this volume, the great American canonical poet Robert Bly has selected key excerpts from the poetry, journals, essays & travel logs of Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), the iconic author of Walden & Civil Disobedience; a towering literary, environmental & philosophical influence for nearly two centuries. Thoreau's quotes are analyzed & expanded upon by Bly, with his poet's & profound thinker's insights. With reproductions of beautiful wood engravings by Michael McCurdy on dust jacket covers & throughout. This is the first trade hardcover edition, first printing as indicated by number sequence on copyright page, preceded by a limited edition as also noted thereon. A deep & delightful production, where two great American poets communicate with each other across the generations, & with the thoughtful reader. Book in very fine condition with only a bit of rubbing, sunning & mild spotting to edges & corners of front, back covers & spine; moderate spotting to edges of text block. Interior substantially mint. Dust jacket in fine condition with mild rubbing, scratching & occasional spotting to front, back covers & spine; mild wear, creasing & a few tiny bumps to edges & corners of same including flaps; moderate sunning-fading of color to front cover & spine. Very Fine / Fine. [Item #3545]

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