Thoreau's Walden

In the summer of 1845, Thoreau abandoned his conventional life to live in a cabin next to Walden Pond, outside Concord, Massachusetts. He stayed for two years. In Walden, Thoreau's account of his experience, he clearly stated his intentions: "I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived."