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D o h e r t y | 1 Kaitlin Doherty Professor Connor EN 199-002 Walden’s Legacy 24 September 2009 What was the initial reaction of the publication of Walden ? Walden was published in August 9, 1854. There were two thousand copies printed which sold reasonably well (Witherell and Dubrulle). The publication of Walden was met with a wide range of emotions. Thoreau did not mean for the general public to read this book but intellectual community instead (Dedeo). Many people were unaffected by this book, they either had no time to read a book or felt it did not pertain to them. The criticism we see on Walden comes from many of Thoreau’s contemporaries, the intellectuals of his time. In the 1870s and 1880s Walden and Thoreau were attacked by critics and Thoreau was accused of being irresponsible and cranky (Witherell and Dubrulle). This negative shadow on Thoreau and Walden lasted until the 1890 when Henry Salt wrote a biography on Thoreau that reshaped how the public saw him (Dedeo). Since then Walden
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This note was uploaded on 01/18/2010 for the course ENGL 199 taught by Professor Connor during the Fall '09 term at Bridgewater State University.

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