“I am a surveyor”

Patrick Chura

in Thoreau the Land Surveyor

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034935
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038278 | DOI:
“I am a surveyor”

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As the formal documentation of surveys in his field notes shrinks, the recording of surveying data in Thoreau's journal increases exponentially. The sudden proliferation of facts and statistics in a space that had been reserved primarily for personal and philosophical prose occurs in connection with Thoreau's long-term study of the Concord River, a project that engaged him on an almost daily basis for extended periods in 1859 and 1860. At the peak of the legal controversy in 1859, Thoreau was hired by the River Meadow Association to help survey the river in preparing their case against the dam.

Keywords: documentation; field survey; survey statistics; Concord River; personal prose; Thoreau

Chapter.  8731 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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