Thursday, February 29, 2024

Walden manuscript leaf comes up for sale

The father of shedworking, Henry David Thoreau, is responsible for perhaps the Ur text of the whole garden office movement, Walden. On March 13, RR Auction in Boston, US, will put up for sale a rare handwritten manuscript leaf from the work, an extensive passage from the chapter 'Sounds' in which Thoreau contemplates the unchanging nature of human disposition, part of a larger section where Thoreau discusses how the railroad on the other side of Walden Pond connects him to a larger world, commenting on the commerce supported by the train tracks. It has passages in both ink and pencil including this: "When I have learned a man's real disposition and character, I have no hopes of changing them for the better or worse in this state of existence."


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