Autobiographical narrative by Thoreau, posthumously published (1864) as edited by the younger W. E. Channing. It contains three accounts of trips to Maine: “Ktaadn” (Union Magazine, 1848), describing an excursion to Mt. Ktaadn in 1846; “Chesuncook” (Atlantic Monthly, 1858), about a journey from Bangor to Chesuncook Lake in 1853, with an Indian guide, Joe Aitteon; and “The Allegash and East Branch,” concerned with a voyage (1857) with “a relative” and the Indian guide Joe Polis, from Bangor to the St. John's lakes by way of Moosehead and Chesuncook, returning by the East Branch of the Penobscot. During this excursion, Thoreau made an extended study of Polis, “one of the aristocracy” of the Penobscot Indians, a silent, capable hunter and backwoodsman.
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Henry David Thoreau (1817—1862) American essayist and poet