The new biography “henry david thoreau: a life” is the masterpiece that the gadfly of youthful america deserves i have been reading thoreau and reading about him for 40 years i’ve written. For someone who worshipped trees, the writer henry david thoreau certainly made good use of them: his journal, increasingly thought to be his most important work, ran to two million words. Henry david thoreau (1817-1862) was an american writer, a dissenter, and, after emerson, the outstanding transcendentalist he is best known for his classic book, walden though a minority of one, largely ignored in his own day, henry david thoreau has since become a world influence. Henry david thoreau was born on july 12, 1817, of rather ordinary parents in concord, outside of boston, massachusetts his childhood and adolescence, from what little is known about these periods of his life, appear to have been typical for the time.
Though not a professional philosopher, henry david thoreau is recognized as an important contributor to the american literary and philosophical movement known as new england transcendentalism his essays, books, and poems weave together two central themes over the course of his intellectual career: nature and the conduct of life the continuing importance of these two themes is well. 1/6/13 henry david thoreau print biographycom wwwbiographycom/print/proﬁle/henry david thoreau 9506784 2/2 nature, thoreau wrote down his observations on plant. “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. Henry david thoreau a life by laura dassow walls illustrated 615 pp university of chicago press $35 more than 50 years have passed since the publication of the last major biography of the.
Henry david thoreau transcendentalist , tax resister, abolitionist, historian, author and poet henry david thoreau (1817-1862) is best known for his book walden thoreau pioneered the field of ecology and environmentalism by writing about his observations in nature and his philosophies of limiting the role of government. Biography henry david thoreau was a complex man of many talents who worked hard to shape his craft and his life, seeing little difference between them. Henry david thoreau henry david thoreau (july 12, 1817-may 6, 1862) was a person of many talents and interests: surveyor, pencil-maker, naturalist, lecturer, schoolteacher, poet, anti-slavery activist, and spiritual seeker, to name but a few.
Henry david thoreau happily labored as farmer, gardener, house painter, carpenter, mason, surveyor, pencil maker, day laborer, schoolmaster, lecturer, naturalist-and, when he had time, writer in this intriguing title, milton meltz examines the life, writings, and philosophy of this unique contributor to america's literary heritage book jacket. Henry david thoreau was born david henry thoreau in concord, massachusetts, into the modest new england family of john thoreau, a pencil maker, and cynthia dunbar his paternal grandfather had been born on the uk crown dependency island of jersey [17. Henry david thoreau: a life by laura dassow walls university of chicago press 613 pages $35 and £2650 on an april night in 1844, a distraught henry david thoreau walked through the. Thoreau—born david henry in 1817—lived the way he wrote: sauntering through his prose and his native concord woods rigorously independent and at times prickly searching for, and often coming to find the wild poetry that describes a life deliberately lived. Henry david thoreau famously went to walden pond to “live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life” but as the scholar laura dassow walls shows in her biography, there was much more to thoreau’s life and work than his brief experiment at spartan living in the woods.
Henry david thoreau was an american author, poet, philosopher, abolitionist, naturalist, tax resister, development critic, surveyor, historian, and leading transcendentalist he is best known for his book walden, a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings, and his essay civil. The book henry david thoreau: a life, and two generations after the last full-scale biography, walls restores henry david thoreau to us in all his profound, inspiring complexity a superbly researched and written literary portrait that broadens our understanding of the great american writer and pre-eminent naturalist magnificent. Henry david thoreau is a famous writer and peace advocate of the mid nineteenth century his published works include walden, or a life in the woods and civil disobedience. With these words, henry david thoreau began the tale of his experiment of simple living at walden pond over the course of the next three hundred-odd pages, thoreau outlined his philosophy of life, politics, and nature, laying the foundation for a secure place in the canon of great american writers.
Henry david thoreau (1817 - 1862) was an american philosopher, naturalist, writer and political activist of the early modern period he was involved with the 19th century american transcendentalism movement of his friend and mentor ralph waldo emerson. Henry david thoreau: a life and millions of other books are available for amazon kindle learn more enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free kindle app. Early life of henry david thoreau on a summer day in concord, massachusetts in 1817, a baby boy was born who would grow up to be a famous writer, environmentalist, and amateur scientist. Henry david thoreau was a philosopher and writer best known for his attacks on american social institutions and his respect for nature and simple living he was heavily influenced by the writer ralph waldo emerson, who introduced thoreau to the ideas of transcendentalism, a philosophy central to thoreau's thinking and writing.
Henry david thoreau was born on july 12, 1817 in a farm house, known as the minot house, on virginia road in concord, mass thoreau was actually born david henry thoreau but began calling himself henry david after finishing college, although he never legally changed his name. Henry david thoreau is often celebrated as the man who turned his back on society, returning to nature to become a citizen of the wilderness thoreau, in this view, becomes a hermit who shuns his neighbors in concord, massachusetts, greeting woodchucks, mice, and turkeys as his new neighbors. The full biography of henry david thoreau, including facts, birthday, life story, profession, family and more henry david thoreau was an american author, naturalist, transcendentalist, tax resister, city life is millions of people being lonesome together. Henry david thoreau was born david henry thoreau in concord, massachusetts, into the modest new england family walden at first won few admirers, but later critics have regarded it as a classic american work that explores natural simplicity, harmony, thoreau's life as a writer viking press, 1982 marble, annie russell.