I picked this out of our donations at work because it had such a cool cover. The book could have been someone's college textbook, only read just the once. It's only had a bit of use, and has that incredible old book smell that I love (but that some people hate - I just don't get that!). Inscribed on the inside: Marilyn (Marily?) McEvoy Walk (Walsh?), June 23, 1964 in old lady script.
I loved Emerson and Thoreau in college.
"A man is entitled to pure air, and to the air of good conversation in his bringing up, and not, as we or so many of us, to the poor-smell and musty chambers, cats and fools." Ralph Waldo Emerson, Historic Notes of Life and Letters in New England. Amen, brother. Good conversation is everything. I don't know why the dig about cats, but too many damn fools, too many.