A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Walter Hesford

This literature criticism consists of approximately 17 pages of analysis & critique of A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers.
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Critical Essay by Walter Hesford

SOURCE: Hesford, Walter. “‘Incessant Tragedies’: A Reading of A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers.ELH 44, no. 3 (fall 1977): 515‐24.

In the following essay, Hesford interprets A Week as a call for faith in response to the incessant tragedies of nature and life.

There are studies of Henry Thoreau's A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers which begin to do justice to its structure, style, and import. Even the most astute and sympathetic critics1 have not, however, accounted, I think, for the power, the impression of the book, perhaps because they are generally preoccupied with its merits as a transcendental document. A Week is Thoreau's impressive attempt to confront the “incessant tragedies” (236)2 which he perceives and in which he participates; through his...

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