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The Concord Saunterer is a valuable aid to studies of Thoreau.”
— Harold Bloom, Yale University

The Concord Saunterer: A Journal of Thoreau Studies is an annual peer-reviewed journal of Thoreau scholarship that features in-depth essays about Thoreau, his times and his contemporaries, and his influence today.

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The Concord Saunterer: A Journal of Thoreau Studies seeks biographical, historical, textual, bibliographical, and interpretive articles relating to Henry David Thoreau, his legacy, his associates, the Concord circle of authors, and Transcendentalism more generally.

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2009, Volume 17

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2009, Volume 17

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The annual periodical of The Thoreau Society. Articles: “The Troubled Ocean: Charity, Sentiment, and Thoreau’s Global Consciousness in Cape Cod” / James Patrick Brown ; “Hunting the Human Animal: The Art of Ethical Perception in ‘Higher Laws'” / Nancy Mayer ; “Henry Thoreauy, Charles Olson and the Poetics of Place” / Kristen Case ; “Evolving Transcendentalism: Thoreauvian Simplicity in Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin and Contemporary Ecological Architecture” / Naomi Uechi ; “‘A real practical, in the American manner:’ Turgenov’s Emersonian Reformer” / Jeffrey Bilbro ; “‘The Most Dismal Fraud of the New England Transcendental Group:’ Julian Hawthorne on Thoreau / Gary Scharnhorst ; “Henry David Thoreau and the American Work Ethic” / David B. Raymond.
The Thoreau Society, 2009. Paperback, 158 pp.

2008, Volume 16


The annual periodical of The Thoreau Society. Articles: “In the Company of Savagists: Thoreau’s Indian Books” / Joshua David Bellin ; “The Theme of Time in Thoreau’s Cape Cod” / Benjamin Vilhauer ; “Walden‘s Political Thoreau” / Paul Friedrich ; “Thoreau’s Translations: John Brown, Apples, Lillies” / Edward Mooney ; “Commercial Method and Thoreau’s Economy of Subsistence Writing” / David Dowling ; “The Old Corner Bookstore: ‘Rialto of Current Good Things, Hub of the Hub'” / David Emblidge ; “The Elusive Spirit of Thoreau” / Rexford Strathroy ; “Almost There: Thoreau’s Iconic Animals and Typee‘s Tidal Tug” / Michael Gionfriddo.
The Thoreau Society, 2008. Paperback, 158 pp.

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2007, Volume 15

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2006, Volume 14
Richard J. Schneider, editor

  • Transcendental Romance Meets the Ministry of Pain: The Thoreau Brothers, Ellen Sewall, and Her Father (Shawn Stewart)
  • The Shrouded Mountaintop: Intertextuality and the Misreading of Thoreau’s “Ktaadn” (Phillip Howerton)
  • “My River … Leads to the Sea”: Sarah Orne Jewett’s Country By-Ways as Thoreauvian Travel Narrative (Gayle Smith)
  • Jack London’s Knowledge of Thoreau (Louise E. Wright)
  • “A Strange, Wild Land, Permeated by Sea and Wind”: Esther Forbes in Thoreau’s Tracks on Cape Cod (Kent P. Ljungquist)
  • Mr. Emerson Comes to St. Louis: “Inspiration” and Kate Chopin (Kathleen Nigro)
  • Concord Comes to Cold Mountain: Emersonian Elements in Frazier’s Cold Mountain (Fredrica B. Glucksman)
  • The Archdruid Visits Walden Pond (Edmund A. Schofield)

2004/2005, Volume 12/13
Richard J. Schneider, editor
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Special Walden Sesquicentennial Issue: Walden the Place and Walden the Book

  • Emerson’s “Wyman Lot”: Forgotten Context for Thoreau’s House at Walden (W. Barksdale Maynard)
  • Rediscovery at Walden: The History of Thoreau’s Bean-Field (Bradley P. Dean)
  • Three Thoreau Haunts at Walden Pond (J. Walter Brain)
  • Realizing Resistance: Thoreau and the First of August, 1846 at Walden (Randall Conrad)
  • Saving Walden (Joseph C. Wheeler)
  • Beyond the “Common Course”: Exploring and Teaching Walden on Foot (Lucinda Damon-Bach)
  • Hound, Bay Horse and Turtle-Dove: Obscurity and Authority in Thoreau’s Walden (Henrick Otterberg)
  • Transcendentalism, Perfectionism and Walden (Daniel S. Malachuk)
  • “Live Thus Deliberately”: Authenticity and Narrative Ethics in Walden (Antonio Casado da Rocha)
  • Ripeness: Thoreau’s Critique of Technological Modernity (Ken Hiltner)
  • “The life Excited”: Faces of Thoreau in Walden (Steven Hartman)
  • Walden as Feminist Manifesto (Laura Dassow Walls)
  • The Everlasting Great Look of the Sky: Thoreau and E.B. White at Walden Pond (Robert Root)
  • Meaning in N.C. Wyeth’s Walden Pond Revisited (Mark Sullivan)
  • Wilderness and Spirit, A Mountain Called Katahdin: An Interview with Maine Filmmaker Huey (Ronald Wesley Hoag)
  • Thoreau’s Walden in the Twenty-first Century
  • Thoreau’s Walden in the Global Community

2003, Volume 11
Richard J. Schneider, editor
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  • Emerson in the Twenty-first Century (Gustaaf Van Cromphout, Sterling Delano, T. Gregory Garvey, Len Gougeon, Robert D. Habich, Alan D. Hodder, Wesley T. Mott, Joel Myerson, Barbara Packer, Gayle L. Smith)
  • Emerson and Second Church in Boston (Wesley T. Mott)
  • Emerson: Religion after Transcendentalism (David M. Robinson)
  • John Muir and the Emerson Centennial (J. Parker Huber)
  • Emerson on the Soul: What the Eye Cannot See (David Lyttle)
  • Dear Friend: Letter Writing in Concord (Robert N. Hudspeth)
  • “Treasure in My Own Mind”: The Diary of Martha Lawrence Prescott, 1834-1846 (Leslie Perrin Wilson)
  • “Patron of the World”: Henry Thoreau as Wordsworthian Poet (Lance Newman)
  • Dragonfly Days at Trail Wood: Remembering Edwin W. and Nellie Teale (Millard C. Davis)

2002, Volume 10
Richard J. Schneider, editor

  • Thoreau and the American Passion for Wilderness (Donald Worster)
  • Thoreau’s Environmental Ethics in Walden (Philip Cafaro)
  • A Concord Farmer Looks Back: The Reminiscences of William Henry Hunt (Leslie Perrin Wilson)
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Nature: Puritan Typology and German Idealism (Patrick Labriola)
  • A Thoreau in Paradise: E.J. Banfield’s My Tropic Isle (Robert Zeller)

2001, Volume 9

Richard J. Schneider, editor
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  • The Depth of Walden Pond: Thoreau As a Guide to Solving Twenty-First Century Environmental Problems (Daniel B. Botkin)
  • Devising the “Writer’s Soul” in Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee’s The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail (Robert Hubbard)
  • “Slavery in Massachusetts” and Mitchel’s Citizen: Rhetoric, Reform and Reprobates in 1854 (Chris L. Nesmith)
  • Emerson and Natural Evil (David Lyttle)
  • Mrs. Woodward Hudson’s Memoir of Mrs. Ebenezer Rockwood Hoar (Leslie Perrin Wilson)
  • Thoreau’s Tarn Identified: Guilder Pond (Bernard A. Drew)
  • Kate Field on Thoreau (Gary Scharnhorst)
  • Kindred Spirits: Edwin Way Teale and Henry David Thoreau (Thomas A. Potter)

2000, Volume 8

Richard J. Schneider, editor
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  • The Environment and the 21st Century: A Thoreauvian Interlude (Max Oelschlaeger)
  • Journal of a Cross Lot Walker: Why We Think We Own North America (John Hanson Mitchell)
  • Thoreau’s Virtue Ethics in Walden (Philip Cafaro)
  • The Publication of Nature: Walden and the Struggle of Authorship (John Nickel)
  • N. C. Wyeth, Thoreau, and Men of Concord (Leslie Perrin Wilson)
  • Thoreau, His Critics, and the Public (N. C. Wyeth)
  • Eight Hours: John Muir in Concord (J. Parker Huber)

1999, Volume 7

Ronald Wesley Hoag, editor
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  • Where Thoreau Was Born (Joseph C. Wheeler)
  • Growing Up On Thoreau Farm (Joseph C. Wheeler)
  • Seeds of Optimism: Thoreau’s Late Field Studies (Madeleine Minson)
  • Tenth Muse Errant: On Thoreau’s Crisis of Technology and Language (Henrik Gustafsson)
  • Keeping Pace With His Companion: Thomas Merton and Henry Thoreau (Patrick F. O’Connell)
  • Herbert W. Gleason: A Photographer’s Journey to Thoreau’s World (Dale R. Schwie)
  • The Herbert Wendell Gleason Negatives in the Concord Free Public Library: Odyssey of a Collection (Leslie Perrin Wilson)
  • Letters and Poems from Ellery Channing to Fanny Cummings, 1880-1882 (Joel Myerson and Susan M. Stone)
  • Thoreau’s Panoramic Vision and the Art of Guido Reni (Charles Colbert)
  • The Art and Legacy of Henry Beston’s The Outermost House (Allan D. Burns)

1998, Volume 6

Ronald Wesley Hoag, editor
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  • Foundations for the Castle: Building the Thoreau Institute (Jason Taylor)
  • Thoreau, Thales, and the Distribution of Water (Eric Wilson)
  • “I am of French Extract”: Thoreau’s Sympathy with the French (Richard S. Randolph)
  • Henry David Thoreau (Frans G. Bengtsson; trans. by Thorsten & Rosemary Sjolin; ill. by Gunnar Brusewitz)
  • Germany and the American Transcendentalists: An Intellectual Bridge (Patrick Labriola)
  • Thoreau as Leading Man: Bringing Him to the Screen (Linda Keslar)
  • West by Southwest: Thoreau’s Minnesota Journey (Gordon V. Boudreau)
  • Edward Waldo Emerson’s Recollections of His Father’s Death (Joel Myerson)
  • Thoreau and Zane Grey’s The Vanishing American (Victor Carl Friesen)

1997, Volume 5

Ronald Wesley Hoag, editor
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  • Rethinking Thoreau and the History of American Ecology (Frank N. Egerton and Laura Dassow Walls)
  • In Search of Spring and Fall: Anticipation of Seasons in Thoreau’s Journal (Madeleine Minson)
  • Henry Thoreau and the Advent of American Rail (Henrik Gustafsson)
  • Thoreau and Australia: Sauntering Under the Southern Cross (James Porter)
  • Australia’s Literary Beachcomber: Confessions of a Different Drummer (Edmund J. Banfield)
  • “The World Is a Divine Dream”: Emerson’s Subjective Idealism (David Lyttle)
  • Twelve Ungathered Poems by Franklin B. Sanborn (1831-1917) (Ronald A. Bosco)
  • John Muir and Thoreau’s Cape Cod (J. Parker Huber)
  • Home Places: Excerpts from Woodswoman III (Anne LaBastille)
  • Correcting the Newspapers: Thoreau and “A Plea for Captain John Brown” (David G. Fuller)
  • Uncaptured Monsters: The Ostracizing Allusions of Walden (Sharlene Roeder)

1996, Volume 4

Ronald Wesley Hoag, editor
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  • Henry Thoreau in Cyberspace (Joel Myerson)
  • Who Owns Henry Thoreau? (Lawrence Buell)
  • Brook Farm and Concord: Transit Between Celebrated Communities (Sterling F. Delano)
  • The Saunterer’s Vision: Henry Thoreau’s Epiphany of Forest Dynamics in The Dispersion of Seeds (Michael Berger)
  • Henry Thoreau and the Estabrook Country: A Historic and Personal Landscape (Stephen F. Ells)
  • Thoreau in the Town School, 1837 (Dick O’Connor)
  • Thoreau’s “Basket of a Delicate Texture”: Weaving History in A Week (Judith Broome Mesa-Pelly)

1995, Volume 3

Ronald Wesley Hoag, editor
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  • A Rambling History of The Thoreau Society (Walter Harding)
  • Thoreau and the Woodswoman (Anne LaBastille)
  • At Home with Lidian: Henry Thoreau in 1847-1848. (Harmon D. Smith)
  • Tinker Creek and the Waters of Walden: Thoreauvian Currents in Annie Dillard’s Pilgrim (Donna Mendelson)
  • “Boston in the Sixties”: Rebecca Harding Davis’s View of Boston and Concord During the Civil War (Janice Milner Lasseter)
  • “Boston in the Sixties” (Rebecca Harding Davis)
  • Emerson’s Transcendental Individualism (David Lyttle)
  • John Muir and Thoreau’s Maine (J. Parker Huber)
  • “Near My Heart” After Fifty Years: Thomas Wentworth Higginson’s Reminiscence of Worcester (Kent P. Ljungquist and Anthony Conti)
  • Neither Nonresistance Nor Violence: Thoreau’s Consistent Response to Social Evils (Joan Cooney)

1994, Volume 2

Ronald Wesley Hoag, editor
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  • Young Men and Women of Fairest Promise: Transcendentalism in Concord (Robert A. Gross)
  • Thoreau’s Sauntering: The “Adventure of the Day” (Victor Carl Friesen)
  • “The Road to Ruins and Restoration”: Roland W. Robbins, Henry David Thoreau, and theDiscovery at Walden (Donald W. Linebaugh)
  • Thoreau’s Domestic Economy: Double Accounts in Walden (Etsuko Taketani)
  • An Interview with Jane Langton at Baker Farm: May 7th and 8th, 1994 (Roberta C. Martin)
  • A Pre-Civil War Struggle Against Capital Punishment: Charles Spear, Concord and the Case of Washington Goode (Barry Kritzberg)
  • “Some Private Business” (Philip Milner)
  • Thoreau and the Glowworms (Francis B. Dedmond)
  • Gauging the Value of Nature: Thoreau and His Woodchucks (John Bird)
  • Martha Le Baron Goddard: Forgotten Worcester Writer and Thoreau Critic (Kent P. Ljungquist)

1993, Volume 1

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  • The Stalk of the Lotus: Concord’s Most Famous Friendship (Robert D. Richardson, Jr.)
  • “Captain of a Huckleberry Party”: Thoreau and a New England Ritual of Summer (Wesley T. Mott)
  • Convers Francis and the Concordians: Emerson, Alcott and Others (Guy R. Woodall)
  • Forever Wild: A Portrait of Walden Warrior Mary Sherwood (Joel Lang)
  • Sarah Alden Ripley: Another Concord Botanist (Joan Goodwin)
  • Ellery Channing: The Turning Point (Harmon Smith)

In wildness is the preservation of the world.”


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