Princeton University Press has just published Correspondence 1: 1834-1848, the inaugural volume in the first full-scale scholarly edition of Thoreau's correspondence in more than half a century. This is the seventeenth volume in The Writings of Henry D. Thoreau, the scholarly project directed by Elizabeth Witherell since 1980 and based out of the UCSB Library. The letters in Correspondence are a treasure trove of information about Thoreau's life as a writer and naturalist, his relationships with others, and 19th-century culture and economy. When completed, the edition's three volumes will include every extant letter written or received by Thoreau.
Watch a video interview with Elizabeth Witherell, editor-in-chief of The Writings of Henry D. Thoreau, who talks about Thoreau's life and work.