A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers | Critical Essay by Paul David Johnson

This literature criticism consists of approximately 16 pages of analysis & critique of A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers.
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Critical Essay by Paul David Johnson

SOURCE: Johnson, Paul David. “Thoreau's Redemptive Week.American Literature 49, no. 1 (March 1977): 22‐33.

In the following essay, Johnson contends that the quest for self‐liberation is central to A Week, a quest advanced through the cyclical representation of time.

We have forgotten that much of the “private business” which Thoreau transacted at Walden was the writing of A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers and have lost sight of the intimate connections between Thoreau's writing of A Week and the activities at Walden which gave birth to his second, more famous book. His program for living a wholly natural life by purifying his spirit of the clutter of cultural arrangements until—like the surface of Walden pond—it trembled responsively with the heavens and expanded and contracted...

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