Into the Wild

Into the Wild Resources

Local and National Reactions to Christopher McCandless

Scholarly Criticism on Krakauer and Nonfiction

The Wilderness in the News and Media

Literary Intertexts

  • "Where I Lived, and What I Lived For" from Walden, by Henry David Thoreau ("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. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practise resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life..."
  • For other Thoreau material see The Writings of Henry D. Thoreau
  • Jack London's Writings (including "To Build a Fire" -- a recurring intertext)
  • "The Death of Ivan Ilych" by Leo Tolstoy (one of Chris McCandless's literary heroes)
  • Mark Twain in His Time (thinking of McCandless as a kind of Huck Finn character)

Related Books

General Resources on the Alaskan Wilderness

Environmental Writing and Eco-Criticism


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