Thoreau and the Art of Life

Precepts and Principles

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Author: Henry David Thoreau

Publisher: Heron Dance Press

ISBN: 193393719X

Category: Nature

Page: 116

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Henry David Thoreau wrote extensively on love, friendship, creativity, spirituality and wisdom. This book draws from his writings to offer unusual insights on living a life of meaning, creativity and reverence. Roderick MacIver's full-color wild nature watercolors enhance this wonderful collection.

Thoreau and the Art of Life

Reflections on Nature and the Mystery of Existence

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Author: Henry David Thoreau

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 1556438834

Category: Art

Page: 95

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Combines nearly 100 luminous watercolor illustrations with eloquent passages from the writings of the American transcendentalist author and philosopher, in a book that draws largely from Thoreau's journals to reveal his ideas about nature, creativity, spirituality, aging and wisdom. Original.

Henry David Thoreau as a Source for Artistic Inspiration

DeCordova and Dana Museum and Park, Lincoln, Massachusetts, June 6-September 9, 1984

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Author: Francine Koslow Miller,Francine Amy Koslow,DeCordova and Dana Museum and Park

Publisher: Univ of Massachusetts Press

ISBN: 9780870234828

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 56

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Catalog of the June 6-September 9, 1984 exhibit at the DeCordova and Dana Museum and Park, Lincoln, MA. This exhibition is intended to honor and celebrate the ever vital sprit of the Concord-born poet-naturalist Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) and those artists who have turned to him for inspiration. The DeCordova Museum, in the heart of Thoreau country, is located on Sandy Pond, one mile east of Walden Pond where Thoreau lived from 1845-1847 and wrote the first draft of his best-known book, Walden. Included is work by John Cage, Edward Steichen, N. C. Wyeth, Childe Hassam, Charles Burchfield, Marden Hartley, Barnett Newman, Robert Goodnough, Andrew Wyeth, Neil Welliver, and Michael Mazur.

The Art of Life

Studies in American Autobiographical Literature

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Author: Mutlu Konuk Blasing

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 0292769865

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 222

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Autobiographical literature especially reveals the processes by which writers convert their own historical experience into fictional form and suggests how literary forms function in life. This volume defines an original theory of autobiographical writing and provides intriguing analyses of major American works of literature. The Art of Life examines the transformation of history into literature in Walden, "Song of Myself," Henry James's Prefaces, The Education of Henry Adams, Paterson, and the poetry of Frank O'Hara. These works are approached as events in themselves and are analyzed as conversions of form and history, fiction and fact, and even aesthetics and politics. Thus the work of literature is set in the total experience of living, and the writer is seen not only as an artist but also as a person in a historical, political, and cultural environment. As well as a creator of literature, the writer is viewed as a social, psychological, and biological being. Chapters on the narcissistic economy of Walden, the mythicizing of history and personality in "Song of Myself," the self-conscious relation that makes the Prefaces of Henry James the autobiography of an artist. the comic perspective of The Education of Henry Adams, and the radical innovation of Paterson and O'Hara's poetry provide new readings of major American works. Each chapter contains some distinct critical insight which not only contributes to, but can be relished apart from, the book's overarching theoretical argument. The Art of Life is a sophisticated theoretical discussion of autobiography with rich psychological, philosophical, and cultural ramifications.

The Economist

Henry Thoreau and Enterprise

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Author: Leonard N. Neufeldt

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780195363333

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 232

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This major study brings to light Thoreau's relation to the complex economic discourse of his time and place. Specifically, it examines the impact of transformations in economic thinking and behavior that occurred in antebellum New England and America; these transformations at the level of language; and Thoreau's awareness of these transformations. Neufeldt situates Thoreau in significant economic conditions of his time, investigating how these conditions contained him even as he sought to contain them. Using Walden and "Life without Principle," as main examples, the book considers the questions of why and how Thoreau, who was very much shaped by his culture and its conventions, also contested the limitations of those conventions and used his condition to transform some of them. Thoreau's identity as a literary artist who regarded his writing as his cultural vocation is at the center of the discussion.

Canoeing in the Wilderness

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Author: Henry David Thoreau

Publisher: Herzberg Press

ISBN: 1409785963

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 216

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PREFACE. THE Author of this very practical treatise on Scotch Loch - Fishing desires clearly that it may be of use to all who had it. He does not pretend to have written anything new, but to have attempted to put what he has to say in as readable a form as possible. Everything in the way of the history and habits of fish has been studiously avoided, and technicalities have been used as sparingly as possible. The writing of this book has afforded him pleasure in his leisure moments, and that pleasure would be much increased if he knew that the perusal of it would create any bond of sympathy between himself and the angling community in general. This section is interleaved with blank shects for the readers notes. The Author need hardly say that any suggestions addressed to the case of the publishers, will meet with consideration in a future edition. We do not pretend to write or enlarge upon a new subject. Much has been said and written-and well said and written too on the art of fishing but loch-fishing has been rather looked upon as a second-rate performance, and to dispel this idea is one of the objects for which this present treatise has been written. Far be it from us to say anything against fishing, lawfully practised in any form but many pent up in our large towns will bear us out when me say that, on the whole, a days loch-fishing is the most convenient. One great matter is, that the loch-fisher is depend- ent on nothing but enough wind to curl the water, -and on a large loch it is very seldom that a dead calm prevails all day, -and can make his arrangements for a day, weeks beforehand whereas the stream- fisher is dependent for a good take on the state of the water and however pleasant and easy it may be for one living near the banks of a good trout stream or river, it is quite another matter to arrange for a days river-fishing, if one is looking forward to a holiday at a date some weeks ahead. Providence may favour the expectant angler with a good day, and the water in order but experience has taught most of us that the good days are in the minority, and that, as is the case with our rapid running streams, -such as many of our northern streams are, -the water is either too large or too small, unless, as previously remarked, you live near at hand, and can catch it at its best. A common belief in regard to loch-fishing is, that the tyro and the experienced angler have nearly the same chance in fishing, -the one from the stern and the other from the bow of the same boat. Of all the absurd beliefs as to loch-fishing, this is one of the most absurd. Try it. Give the tyro either end of the boat he likes give him a cast of ally flies he may fancy, or even a cast similar to those which a crack may be using and if he catches one for every three the other has, he may consider himself very lucky. Of course there are lochs where the fish are not abundant, and a beginner may come across as many as an older fisher but we speak of lochs where there are fish to be caught, and where each has a fair chance. Again, it is said that the boatman has as much to do with catching trout in a loch as the angler. Well, we dont deny that. In an untried loch it is necessary to have the guidance of a good boatman but the same argument holds good as to stream-fishing...

The Essays of Henry D. Thoreau

Selected and Edited by Lewis Hyde

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Author: Henry David Thoreau

Publisher: North Point Press

ISBN: 9781429935074

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 448

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Thoreau's major essays annotated and introduced by one of our most vital intellectuals. With The Essays of Henry D. Thoreau, Lewis Hyde gathers thirteen of Thoreau's finest short prose works and, for the first time in 150 years, presents them fully annotated and arranged in the order of their composition. This definitive edition includes Thoreau's most famous essays, "Civil Disobedience" and "Walking," along with lesser-known masterpieces such as "Wild Apples," "The Last Days of John Brown," and an account of his 1846 journey into the Maine wilderness to climb Mount Katahdin, an essay that ends on a unique note of sublimity and terror. Hyde diverges from the long-standing and dubious editorial custom of separating Thoreau's politics from his interest in nature, a division that has always obscured the ways in which the two are constantly entwined. "Natural History of Massachusetts" begins not with fish and birds but with a dismissal of the political world, and "Slavery in Massachusetts" ends with a meditation on the water lilies blooming on the Concord River. Thoreau's ideal reader was expected to be well versed in Greek and Latin, poetry and travel narrative, and politically engaged in current affairs. Hyde's detailed annotations clarify many of Thoreau's references and re-create the contemporary context wherein the nation's westward expansion was bringing to a head the racial tensions that would result in the Civil War.

Civil Disobedience and Other Essays

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Author: Henry David Thoreau

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486110117

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 96

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Representative sampling of Thoreau's most frequently read and cited essays: "On the Duty of Civil Disobedience" (1849), "Life without Principle" (1863), "Slavery in Massachusetts" (1854), "A Plea for Captain John Brown" (1869) and "Walking" (1862).

Art as a Way of Life

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Author: Roderick MacIver

Publisher: North Atlantic Books

ISBN: 1556439202

Category: Art

Page: 91

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"Examines the rewards, joys, and challenges of the creative life through the words of artists, writers, poets, and musicians"--Provided by publisher.