The Writings of Henry D. Thoreau
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The Writings of Henry D. Thoreau

The Writings of Henry D. Thoreau is a project that aims to provide, for the first time, accurate texts of the complete works of American author Henry David Thoreau, including his journal, personal letters, and writings for publication. Since the project was founded in 1966, Princeton University Press has published 16 of its volumes. It is based at the Davidson Library at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and directed by Elizabeth Witherell. Funding comes from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the National Trust for the Humanities, and UC Santa Barbara.[1]


The project has published 16 volumes: Walden, The Maine Woods, Reform Papers, Early Essays and Miscellanies, A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers, Translations, Excursions, Cape Cod, and Journals 1-8 .

When complete, the project will comprise 30 volumes. The remaining 14, now in progress, contain works that are either unpublished or that have previously been incorrectly or incompletely transcribed:[2] Correspondence (3 volumes), Poems, Nature Essays (2 volumes), and Journals 9-16.


In June 2003, NEH designated the Thoreau Edition a "We the People" project, citing Thoreau's important influence on American history and culture.[3]

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