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Henry David Thoreau - Life Stories, Books, and Links
 
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Stories about Henry David Thoreau

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
 
Picture of Henry David Thoreau, essayist, novelist, and poet; nineteenth century American Literature and poetry
Henry David Thoreau
(1817 - 1862)

 
Category:  American Literature
 
Born:  July 12, 1817
Concord, Massachusetts, United States
 
Died:  May 6, 1862
Concord, Massachusetts, United States
 
Related authors:
Iris Murdoch, Louisa May Alcott, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Walt Whitman
 
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Henry David Thoreau - LIFE STORIES
 
 
5/6/1862     Thoreau as Porcupine & Orchid
On this day in 1862 Henry David Thoreau died at the age of forty-four, from bronchial and respiratory problems. Thoreau was an integral but prickly member of the Transcendentalist community in Massachusetts -- as might be expected from the writer of "I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude," and as described in Emerson's funeral eulogy.
7/23/1846     Thoreau, Taxes, Disobedience
On this day in 1846, Henry David Thoreau was jailed for not paying his poll tax. Thoreau was almost exactly half-way through his Walden stay, and had come to Concord to pick up a shoe at the cobblers; this came to the attention of Sam Staples, tax collector and warden of the county jail, who was under orders from the town fathers to confront and, if necessary, confine this most contrary of its sons.
8/9/1854     Few Hear the Walden Wake-Up Call
On this day in 1854, Henry David Thoreau's Walden; or, Life in the Woods was published. Emerson reported a "tremble of great expectation" in his friend just before publication day, a prowling about Concord as "the undoubted King of all American lions"; only 750 copies sold in the first year, and a second edition was not needed until after Thoreau's death.
8/9/1854     Thoreau and Walden
Mid-nineteenth century America was awash with reform movements and counter-culture experiments, and Henry David Thoreau could have his pick. Instead, exercising his belief that "I'd rather live in a private Hell than a public Heaven," he borrowed land from Emerson and an axe from Bronson Alcott and marked off a sunny, south-facing slope of Walden Pond. . . .
10/28/1853     Thoreau Gets Week Back
On this day in 1853, Henry David Thoreau received back from his publisher the 706 unsold copies (out of 1000 printed) of his first book, A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers, published four years earlier at his own expense. In his journal later the same day, the ever-resilient Thoreau described his "purchase" as "a library of nearly nine hundred volumes, over seven hundred of which I wrote myself."
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SELECTED WORKS BY THIS AUTHOR
 
 
A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers
non-fiction
 
Heart of Thoreau's Journals
by Henry David Thoreau, Odell Shepard (Editor)
journals
 
Henry David Thoreau : A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers / Walden; Or, Life in the Woods / The Maine Woods / Cape Cod
by Henry David Thoreau, Robert F. Sayre (Editor)
anthology, non-fiction
 
Walden
non-fiction
 
 
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SELECTED BOOKS ABOUT (or related to) THIS AUTHOR
 
 
Henry David Thoreau: Collected Essays and Poems
by Elizabeth Hall Witherell
anthology
 
The Cambridge Companion to Henry David Thoreau
by Joel Myerson (Editor)
guide
 
The Days of Henry Thoreau
by Walter Harding
biography
 
The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail: A Play
by Jerome Lawrence, Robert Edwin Lee
drama
 
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Academy of American Poets
Thoreau biography, bibliography, and links.

"A tireless champion of the human spirit against the materialism and conformity that he saw as dominant in American culture, Thoreau's ideas about civil disobedience, as set forth in his 1849 essay, have influenced, among others, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr., and his mastery of prose style has been acknowledged by writers as disparate as Robert Louis Stevenson, Marcel Proust, Sinclair Lewis, and Henry Miller. Largely ignored in his own time, the self-styled 'inspector of snowstorms and rainstorms' has emerged as one of America's greatest literary figures."
Henry David Thoreau at Transcendentalism.com
Extensive collection of Thoreau pages and links, including literary criticism and analysis of Walden, Civil Disobedience, Slavery in Massachusetts and other works. Also offered: biographies, images, quotations, bibliographies, essays on Transcendentalism. A similar collection about Ralph Waldo Emerson is also available.
Literary Traveler
Find personal accounts of visits to Walden Pond and Concord River written by fans of the author's works visiting the now legendary locales.

"Thoreau was studying the science of existence. What does it mean to be a human being? What does it cost to exist? What is the best way to live, where, how and in what fashion? These were the questions he asked and when we come to Walden Pond to talk to him, to speak our peace, we should listen closely, for we may hear his silent answer amongst our own voices."
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