Henry David Thoreau

A Life

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Author: Laura Dassow Walls

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 022634469X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 615

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“Walden. Yesterday I came here to live.” That entry from the journal of Henry David Thoreau, and the intellectual journey it began, would by themselves be enough to place Thoreau in the American pantheon. His attempt to “live deliberately” in a small woods at the edge of his hometown of Concord has been a touchstone for individualists and seekers since the publication of Walden in 1854. But there was much more to Thoreau than his brief experiment in living at Walden Pond. A member of the vibrant intellectual circle centered on his neighbor Ralph Waldo Emerson, he was also an ardent naturalist, a manual laborer and inventor, a radical political activist, and more. Many books have taken up various aspects of Thoreau’s character and achievements, but, as Laura Dassow Walls writes, “Thoreau has never been captured between covers; he was too quixotic, mischievous, many-sided.” Two hundred years after his birth, and two generations after the last full-scale biography, Walls restores Henry David Thoreau to us in all his profound, inspiring complexity. Walls traces the full arc of Thoreau’s life, from his early days in the intellectual hothouse of Concord, when the American experiment still felt fresh and precarious, and “America was a family affair, earned by one generation and about to pass to the next.” By the time he died in 1862, at only forty-four years of age, Thoreau had witnessed the transformation of his world from a community of farmers and artisans into a bustling, interconnected commercial nation. What did that portend for the contemplative individual and abundant, wild nature that Thoreau celebrated? Drawing on Thoreau’s copious writings, published and unpublished, Walls presents a Thoreau vigorously alive in all his quirks and contradictions: the young man shattered by the sudden death of his brother; the ambitious Harvard College student; the ecstatic visionary who closed Walden with an account of the regenerative power of the Cosmos. We meet the man whose belief in human freedom and the value of labor made him an uncompromising abolitionist; the solitary walker who found society in nature, but also found his own nature in the society of which he was a deeply interwoven part. And, running through it all, Thoreau the passionate naturalist, who, long before the age of environmentalism, saw tragedy for future generations in the human heedlessness around him. “The Thoreau I sought was not in any book, so I wrote this one,” says Walls. The result is a Thoreau unlike any seen since he walked the streets of Concord, a Thoreau for our time and all time.

Henry Thoreau

A Life of the Mind

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Author: Robert D. Richardson

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520063464

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 455

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This biography of Henry Thoreau offers insight into his social activism, his interest in fine arts, William Gilpin and John Ruskin's influence on his nature writing, and his involvement in, and influence by, the Agassiz-Darwin debate over "The Origin of Species."

Vom Wandern

(Was bedeutet das alles?)

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Author: Henry David Thoreau

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783150190746

Category:

Page: 80

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WALDEN (Zweisprachige Ausgabe: Deutsch-Englisch)

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Author: Henry David Thoreau,Wilhelm Nobbe

Publisher: e-artnow

ISBN: 8027215013

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 684

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Walden oder Leben in den Wäldern ist ein Buch des US-amerikanischen Schriftstellers Henry David Thoreau aus dem Jahr 1854, das zum "Klassiker aller Alternativen" wurde. In Walden beschreibt Thoreau sein Leben in einer Blockhütte, in den Wäldern. Nach eigener Aussage ging es ihm dabei jedoch nicht um eine naive Weltflucht, sondern um den Versuch, einen alternativen und ausgewogenen Lebensstil zu verwirklichen. - Walden; or, Life in the Woods is an American book written by noted transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau, a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings. The work is part personal declaration of independence, social experiment, voyage of spiritual discovery, satire, and manual for self-reliance. First published in 1854, it details Thoreau's experiences over the course of two years, two months, and two days in a cabin he built amidst woodland.

Walden, or, Life in the woods

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Author: Henry David Thoreau,Verlyn Klinkenborg

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 295

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Wilde Früchte

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Author: Henry David Thoreau

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783717560067

Category:

Page: 320

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Walden oder Leben in den Wäldern

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Author: Henry D. Thoreau

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 3845701382

Category: History

Page: 376

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"Ich zog in die Wälder, weil ich den Wunsch hatte, mit Überlegung zu leben, alle Wirkenskraft und Samen zu schauen und zu ergründen, ob ich nicht lernen könnte, was ich lehren sollte, um beim Sterben vor der Entdeckung bewahrt zu bleiben, daß ich nicht gelebt hatte." Thoreau beschreibt in seinem Buch die zwei Jahre, die er allein in einer selbstgebauten Blockhütte am Waldteich "Walden" in Massachusetts verbringt. Er beschreibt sein Leben in den Wäldern, das einfache Leben und wie er sich durch den Anbau von Gemüse und Getreide und durch den Fischfang selbst versorgt und wie er die Natur für sich wahrnimmt. Für ihn ist es der Versuch, ein Leben zu führen, das ihm dem eigentlichen und wirklichen Leben näher bringt. Überarbeiteter Nachdruck der Originalausgabe aus dem Jahr 1905.

The Journal, 1837-1861

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Author: Henry David Thoreau,Damion Searls

Publisher: New York Review of Books

ISBN: 159017321X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 667

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The largest one-volume edition of the American thinker's journals ever published captures the scope, rhythms, and variety of the work as a whole, exploring the source from which Thoreau drew his timeless books and essays. Original.

Walden

or Life in the Woods

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Author: Henry David Thoreau

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 3752866713

Category: Philosophy

Page: 396

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Henry David Thoreau built a log cabin in the Concord Forest in Massachusetts in 1845. Thoreau lived there for two years to try out an alternative to the hectic and economically successful everyday life. The reason: He wanted to consciously feel life in harmony with nature again. The minimalist lifestyle should create space and time for the essentials. Thoreau kept a diary about his feelings and experiences during his time in the forest. This book arose from his notes. It deals with his everyday problems, with economic and philosophical considerations, with the feeling of loneliness, with the animals of the forest, with the seasons and with the reading of classical works.

Henry David Thoreau

Waldgänger und Rebell. Eine Biographie

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Author: Frank Schäfer

Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag

ISBN: 3518752162

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 253

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Am 12. Juli 2017 jährt sich der 200. Geburtstag von Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862), dem Aussteiger, Naturfreund, störrischen und faszinierenden Freigeist und Rebellen – der zum amerikanischen Nationalheiligen wurde. Aus diesem Anlass erscheint jetzt die erste umfassende deutsche Biographie. Wer war dieser Mensch, der, aufgewachsen als Sohn eines Bleistiftfabrikanten, in Harvard alte Sprachen studierte und die antiken Klassiker im Original las? Seine Karriere als Lehrer aufs Spiel setzte, weil er sich weigerte, seine Schüler mit dem Rohrstock zu malträtieren. Der sich, ein 28-jähriger menschenscheuer Junggeselle, zwei Jahre, zwei Monate und zwei Tage in eine selbstgebaute Blockhütte am Waldensee zurückzog, um außerhalb aller gesellschaftlicher Konventionen zu leben, und darüber ein Buch schrieb, das bis heute Pflichtlektüre für jeden Amerikaner geblieben ist: Walden. Der lieber ins Gefängnis ging, als die USA mit Steuergeldern für ihre Sklavenpolitik und den expandierenden Mexiko-Krieg zu unterstützen, und darüber sein Traktat »Über die Pflicht zum Ungehorsam gegen den Staat« verfasste, das zum Kanon politischer Protestliteratur gehört, das Mahatma Gandhi als Lehrbuch an seine Schüler verteilte, das Martin Luther King und die amerikanische Bürgerrechtsbewegung im Marschgepäck trugen und das die Occupy-Bewegung heute für sich entdeckt hat. Frank Schäfers wissenschaftlich fundierte, spannend erzählte Biographie des einflussreichen Denkers, Politikers und Schriftstellers beantwortet diese Fragen. Er zeichnet das Porträt eines Mannes, dessen »Experimente« und Bücher die Welt verändert haben und heute aktueller denn je sind.

Life of Henry David Thoreau

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Author: Henry S. Salt

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 9780252069062

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 192

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No Englishman did more in the nineteenth century to advance the literary reputation of Henry David Thoreau than Henry S. Salt. A biographer and literary critic as well as a remarkable reformer, Salt participated broadly in his era's movements for social change, abandoning his mastership at Eton in the 1880s to devote himself to causes including socialism, vegetarianism, animals' rights, conservation, and prison reform. In 1890 Salt published the initial version of Thoreau's Life. With the help of American friends, he revised the book and published it anew six years later. The present volume is the third version of the biography, completed in 1908 but never published in Salt's lifetime. Combining a concise narrative of Thoreau's life with a perceptive treatment of his ideas and writings, Salt's work stands as a penetrating study of Thoreau that stresses his distinctive individuality. Through an astute analysis of the text and a concise biography, the editors illustrate Salt's growth as a scholar and his changing views on Thoreau and Thoreau's philosophy.

Thoreau's Quest

Mysticism in the Life and Writings of Henry David Thoreau

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Author: Paul Hourihan

Publisher: eBookIt.com

ISBN: 1931816158

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 89

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Open the Heart of Self-Discovery through the Profound Life and Works of Henry David Thoreau Henry David Thoreau was a lover of Nature and a believer in living the simple life. Using his literary gifts to write "Walden," an account of his two-year experiment at Walden Pond, he became one of America's most important writers of the 19th century. His writing has influenced leaders such as Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. and continues to inspire young and old alike. But what distinguished him and made his work great was his spiritual strength of character and determination to live an authentic life. "Thoreau's Quest: Mysticism in the Life and Writings of Henry David Thoreau" concentrates on this aspect of Thoreau's life, which hadn't been adequately researched and studied. In this work, you'll find out how Thoreau's principal work "Walden" was inspired by his spiritual revelations and struggles and what the deeper meanings are in key passages. Depression and the role it plays in the life of the spiritual seeker is one of the subjects Paul Hourihan delves into in light of Thoreau's extended depression after publishing "Walden," his masterpiece. Dr. Hourihan also addresses the challenges we face living our spiritual lives today. He asks "Is Thoreau's way the way for us?" And explains the special difficulties we have compared to Thoreau's time. By understanding the wisdom and strengths as well as the faults and failings of this great man of letters and seeker of truth, we can know ourselves better. "At a time like this, Dr. Hourihan performs a valuable service by his courageous reaffirmation of what is of permanent value in the life and works of one of the most original minds in American literature." - Dr. V. K. Chari, author of "Whitman in the Light of Vedantic Mysticism"

The Thoreau log

a documentary life of Henry David Thoreau, 1817-1862

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Author: Henry David Thoreau,Raymond R. Borst

Publisher: G K Hall

ISBN: N.A

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 654

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Thoreau is often linked with his fellow New Englander Emily Dickinson as an example of the isolated, reclusive, antisocial genius devoted to literature. Though not the most gregarious of men, neither was Thoreau the "hermit of Walden" so many imagine him to have been. Compared with Dickinson, or even with many of his contemporaries, Thoreau was actually a widely traveled social being. He attended Harvard College, and throughout his life returned frequently to Cambridge and Boston to borrow books from their libraries, visit with friends, and partake of cultural events. He lived for a time on Staten Island, and during this period became familiar with New York City. As a curious student of humanity and nature, he traveled to Cape Cod, New Hampshire, the Maine woods, and Canada. And when he was dying, he journeyed west as far as Minnesota in search of a climate that might restore his health. Thoreau was an intimate of Emerson and Bronson Alcott, knew Margaret Fuller and Hawthorne, and had a circle of transcendentalist admirers he frequently visited. He corresponded regularly with Horace Greeley and the naturalist Louis Aggasiz and met Walt Whitman and the abolitionist John Brown. Indeed, his journal and correspondence reveal Thoreau as a man who knew and was known by an amazing number of the brightest, most creative people of his time. Raymond Borst's The Thoreau Log should set to rest forever the notion that Thoreau lived an isolated life. Drawing from a wide array of contemporary sources, including public records, the Harvard College archives, the diaries, journals, and letters of his friends and acquaintances, newspaper reports, his publishers' records, legal documents, reviews of hisworks, and Thoreau's own Journal, Borst has reconstructed a detailed account of Thoreau's life that informs us of what Thoreau did, who he saw, who he corresponded with, what he was reading, and what he was thinking on a day-by-day basis. The fruit of a lifetime's devotion to Thoreau study, The Thoreau Log will be an invaluable tool for Thoreau scholars and admirers. But the Log is no dry and dull chronology, a bare statement of facts. Rich with quotations not only from Thoreau but also from Emerson, Hawthorne, Alcott, Fuller, and many others, it offers the curious reader a unique opportunity to enter into the concentric worlds of Concord, Massachusetts, New England, and the United States in the decades before the Civil War; to experience the transcendental community from the inside; to envision the still small, but growing world of American letters; and to understand many of the emotional, intellectual, and social currents that characterized Thoreau's America and that still exert influence today. But most of all, The Thoreau Log enables the interested reader to commune with one of the most remarkable and original minds the world has produced. Complemented by a rich array of illustrations, brief biographies of significant people in Thoreau's life, useful cross-references, detailed source notes, and a comprehensive index, The Thoreau Log is destined to become the scholarly foundation upon which all future biographical and critical interpretations of Thoreau's life and writings will be based. Thoreau's admirers will celebrate Borst for his patient, careful, and intelligent effort to integrate everything known about Thoreau's life into a unified and comprehensive record.

Henry David Thoreau

A Biography

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Author: Milton Meltzer

Publisher: Twenty-First Century Books

ISBN: 0822558939

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 160

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Profiles the solitary student of Ralph Waldo Emerson who was well-known as a naturalist in his own time but who became posthumously famous for his writings.

Walden (Diversion Classics)

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Author: Henry David Thoreau

Publisher: Diversion Books

ISBN: 1682300250

Category: Nature

Page: N.A

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Featuring an appendix of discussion questions, the Diversion Classics edition is ideal for use in book groups and classrooms. In 1845, Henry David Thoreau retreated from society in favor of a life among nature. What resulted was WALDEN, a memoir that brings to life the woods around Walden Pond and chronicles Thoreau's two years of self-sufficiency and introspection. Covering topics as diverse as economic independence and spiritual enlightenment, these essays have become a hallmark of American transcendentalism.

A Political Companion to Henry David Thoreau

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Author: Jack Turner

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 0813139155

Category: Political Science

Page: 496

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The writings of Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) have captivated scholars, activists, and ecologists for more than a century. Less attention has been paid, however, to the author's political philosophy and its influence on American public life. Although Thoreau's doctrine of civil disobedience has long since become a touchstone of world history, the greater part of his political legacy has been overlooked. With a resurgence of interest in recent years, A Political Companion to Henry David Thoreau is the first volume focused exclusively on Thoreau's ethical and political thought. Jack Turner illuminates the unexamined aspects of Thoreau's political life and writings. Combining both new and classic essays, this book offers a fresh and comprehensive understanding of Thoreau's politics, and includes discussions of subjects ranging from his democratic individualism to the political relevance of his intellectual eccentricity. The collection consists of works by sixteen prominent political theorists and includes an extended bibliography on Thoreau's politics. A Political Companion to Henry David Thoreau is a landmark reference for anyone seeking a better understanding of Thoreau's complex political philosophy.

A Historical Guide to Henry David Thoreau

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Author: William E. Cain

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780195138634

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 285

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As an essayist, philosopher, ex-pencil manufacturer, notorious hermit, tax protester, and all-around original thinker, Thoreau led so singular a life that he is in some ways a perfect candidate for the historical and biographical treatments made possible by the Historical Guides to American Authors series format. William E. Cain, the volume editor, includes contributions on his relationship with 19th century authority and concepts of the land, which should help the volume's reach beyond those who read Thoreau for illumination to those general readers who love him for embodying the spirit of American rebellion.

The Illustrated Walden

Thoreau Bicentennial Edition

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Author: Henry David Thoreau

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 110199326X

Category: Philosophy

Page: 400

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To coincide with the bicentennial of Thoreau's birth and TarcherPerigee's publication of Expect Great Things: The Life of Henry David Thoreau, here is a sumptuous rediscovery edition of the first illustrated volume of Thoreau's classic, as originally issued in 1897. In 1897, thirty-five years after Thoreau's death, Houghton Mifflin issued a two-volume "Holiday Edition" of Walden illustrated with thirty remarkable engravings, daguerreotypes, and period photographs. In 1902 the publisher collected the work into a single volume. Now, to mark the bicentennial of Thoreau's birth in 1817, this timeless landmark is reproduced with all of the original illustrations and the complete text of his mystical, practical, magisterial record of a life in the woods. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Citizen Thoreau

Walden, Civil Disobedience, Life Without Principle, Slavery in Massachusetts, A Plea for Captain John Brown

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Author: Henry David Thoreau

Publisher: Graphic Arts Books

ISBN: 1941821375

Category: History

Page: 456

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This set of timeless essays from the quintessential American shares his valuable philosophies on nature, solitude, slavery, religion, politics, fulfilling work, civil responsibilities, and more. WALDEN, Thoreau’s beloved and well-known reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings, looks at how the outside world can benefit from renouncing a materialistic way of life. “If the machine of government is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law.” —Thoreau “If a plant cannot live according to its nature, it dies; and so a man.” —Thoreau His other essays deal with the social problems of his time: CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE applies principles of individualism to civil life, culminating in a call for a life that answers to a power outside of and unaffected by the state. LIFE WITHOUT PRINCIPLE offers his program for a righteous livelihood through ten “commandments.” SLAVERY IN MASSACHUSETTS is based on a speech he gave at an antislavery rally after the reenslavement of fugitive slave Anthony Burns and relates that freedom could not exist while slavery remained. PLEA FOR CAPTAIN JAMES BROWN portrays his kinship to Brown’s abolitionist efforts and anger toward the injustice Brown received. “Thoreau was a great writer, philosopher, poet, and withal a most practical man, that is, he taught nothing he was not prepared to practise in himself. . . . He went to gaol for the sake of his principles and suffering humanity. His essay has, therefore, been sanctified by suffering. Moreover, it is written for all time. Its incisive logic is unanswerable.” —Mohandas Gandhi “. . . when, in the mid-1950s, the United States Information Service included as a standard book in all their libraries around the world a textbook . . . which reprinted Thoreau’s ‘Civil Disobedience,’ the late Senator Joseph McCarthy succeeded in having that book removed from the shelves—specifically because of the Thoreau essay.” —Walter Harding, in The Variorum Civil Disobedience "I became convinced that noncooperation with evil is as much a moral obligation as is cooperation with good. No other person has been more eloquent and passionate in getting this idea across than Henry David Thoreau. As a result of his writings and personal witness, we are the heirs of a legacy of creative protest." — Martin Luther King, Jr., Autobiography