Walden, or Life in the Woods, was written by noted transcendentalist author Henry David Thoreau. The work is part personal declaration of independence, social experiment, voyage of spiritual discovery, satire and manual for self-reliance. Published in 1854, it details Thoreau's experience over the course of two years in a cabin he built near Walden Pond, near the home of his mentor Ralph Waldo Emerson in Concord, Massachusetts.
A modern classic now available from Grove Press, Being There is one of the most popular and significant works from a writer of international stature. It is the story of Chauncey Gardiner - Chance, an enigmatic but distinguished man who emerges from nowhere to become an heir to the throne of a Wall Street tycoon, a presidential policy adviser, and a media icon. Truly "a man without qualities," Chance's straightforward responses to popular concerns are heralded as visionary.
Sagan meditates on science, religion & government--the elements that define society--& looks to their impact on & role in the future. His ability to pack an exciting read with such rich content is an unusual talent that makes Contact a modern sci-fi classic.