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Strikingly, Thoreau Meets His Match

WOODSBURNER By John Pipkin Doubleday. 366 pp. $24.95 Late in April 1844, a pair of misfits went camping on the Concord River in Massachusetts, with plans to survive "Indian-style" on the fish they caught. The forest along the banks was dangerously dry, but one of the young men started a campfire ...

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