<Author>Thoreau, Henry David</Author>
<Title>Walden, or, Life in the Woods</Title>
<Edition>[Prose Works. Selections.] Library of America. New York: Literary Classics of the U.S., 1985</Edition>
<p> <i>I do not propose to write an ode to dejection, but to brag
as lustily as chanticleer in the morning, standing on his roost, if
only to wake my neighbors up.</i> -- Page 389.
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<p>When I wrote the following pages, or rather the bulk of them,
I lived alone, in the woods, a mile from any neighbor, in a house
which I had built myself, on the shore of Walden Pond, in Concord,
Massachusetts, and earned my living by the labor of my hands only. I
lived there two years and two months. At present I am a sojourner in
civilized life again.
<p>I should not obtrude my affairs so much on the notice of my
readers . . .