Call for Submissions: The Maine Woods at 150

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James Finley / The Thoreau Society

Call for Submissions: The Maine Woods at 150

On May 28, 1864 Ticknor and Fields published The Maine Woods, a collection of three essays with an appendix of botanical data, written by Henry David Thoreau concerning his three trips to the Great North Woods of Maine.

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the publication of The Maine Woods, the Thoreau Society Bulletin will publish throughout 2014 a series of short essays (between 1,000 and 1,7500 words) addressing the significance of The Maine Woods. We welcome short scholarly pieces, personal reflections, or creative takes on The Maine Woods, Thoreau's trips to Maine, the places he visits, or the themes he addresses.

Significantly longer submissions may be forwarded to the editor of The Concord Saunterer: A Journal of Thoreau Studies.

Potential topics could include, but are not limited to:

-- The literary significance of individual essays or the collection as a whole
-- The relevance of The Maine Woods to Thoreau's reputation
-- Environmentalism in The Maine Woods
-- Race and ethnicity in The Maine Woods
-- The status of The Maine Woods as a single text
-- The compilation and publishing history of The Maine Woods
-- Thoreau's journeys to Maine
-- The legacy of Thoreau in Maine
-- Hiking Katahdin in the nineteenth century or today
-- Canoeing the Allagash in the nineteenth century or today

Essays will be considered throughout 2014, but to ensure publication during the 150th anniversary, please submit to the editor by October 1, 2014. Submissions should conform to The Chicago Manual of Style. The Thoreau Edition (Princeton University Press) of The Maine Woods should be used as the standard for quotations, when possible. Contributors need not be members of the Thoreau Society, but all non-members are heartily encouraged to join. Scholarly essays will go through the TSB's peer-review process before publication.

Please send submissions or direct questions to James Finley,