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150 Years of Walden

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150 Years of Walden

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In 1854, a thick book of meditations about a New England pond appeared in bookstores. It took five years to sell those first 2,000 copies, but 150 years later, Henry David Thoreau's Walden is considered a classic of American literature. Join NPR's Neal Conan and his guests to celebrate the anniversary and the history of the man and his book.

Guests:

Richard smith, historical interpreter of Henry David Thoreau for the Concord Museum

W. Barksdale Maynard, author of Walden Pond: A History

Terry Tempest Williams, author of The Open Space of Democracy