A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers Additional Summary

Henry David Thoreau

Bibliography

Drake, William. “A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers.” In Thoreau: A Collection of Critical Essays, edited by Sherman Paul. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, 1962. Argues that Thoreau’s journey on the Concord and Merrimack rivers is an exploratory journey into thought. Easily accessible.

Fink, Steven. Prophet in the Marketplace: Thoreau’s Development as a Professional Writer. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1992. Contains a detailed discussion of the structure of A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers and how Thoreau composed the book.

Johnson, Linck C. Thoreau’s Complex Weave: The Writing of “A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers.” Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 1986. An extensive study of A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers. Johnson focuses on both the complete version of the book and its first draft. Contains the text of the first draft.

Thoreau, Henry David. The Illustrated “A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers.” Edited by Carl F. Hovde, William L. Howarth, and Elizabeth Hall Witherell. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1983. Contains the text of A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers complete with photographs by Herbert Wendell Gleason which visually document Thoreau’s rivers. Also contains a helpful historical introduction to the book.