This collection of letters and essays reveals more about the life and character of Theroux than any other biography I've read about him. Of particular interest is the section devoted to his relationship with Emerson and it's dark pitfalls the other biographies on the two men tip toe around. Juicy transcendental gossip, I tell you!!!Walker
The essays compiled in this book treat Thoreau as a minor intellect. Perhaps that is why they fall short of offering true glimpses into Thoreau's project. If you have esteemed this collection in the past, read Stanley Cavell's short book "The Senses of Walden" for comparison.