Wild Fruits (2000)
by Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)
This book is edited by Bradley P. Dean from the manuscript left by Thoreau. It was found in material given The Berg Collection in 1940, having been left unworked since Thoreau’s death in 1862. Dean
The book is part of Thoreau’s last project, to learn the natural history of his area for his purpose: “My profession is to be always on the alert to find God in nature – to know his lurking places.”
The book is alternately tedious (at least to one who doesn’t know the vocabulary of botany) and enlightening. The author provides plenty of his own point of view, on the right use of plants and time. The long section on apples is particularly interesting.