This essay on Thoreau will be the introduction to The Maine Woods , a reprint of the Thoreau classic in a new nature series to be published in September by Penguin. The essay will also be included in an anthology of Mr. Hoagland’s writings to be issued this fall by Summit Books. Mr. Hoagland’s last contribution to American Heritage was a profile, “Johnny Appleseed,” in December 1979.
He lived alone for two years in a small cabin on Walden Pond, but he was neither misanthropic nor solitary. Perhaps more than any other American writer, he can teach us how to live with ourselves.