Henry David Thoreau lived for two years, two months, and two days by Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts. His time in Walden Woods became a model of . The Project Gutenberg EBook of Walden, and On The Duty Of Civil Disobedience , by Henry David Thoreau This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no. Table of Contents.

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Nathaniel Hawthorne had mixed feelings about Thoreau. Oft-repeated quotes from Walden include: The University of Chicago Press. Moreover, I, on my side, require of every writer, first or last, a simple and sincere account of his own life, and not merely what he has heard of other men’s lives; Chapter 2 Archived September 8,at the Wayback Machine.

Any text you add should be original, not copied from other sources. People are particularly drawn to his belief of finding spirituality in nature — a philosophy woven throughout his books and essays. Part memoir and part spiritual quest, Walden at first won few admirers, but later critics have regarded it as a classic American work that explores natural simplicity, harmony, and beauty as models for just social and cultural conditions.

As a result of his writings h.d.thoreau personal witness, we are the heirs of a legacy of creative protest. Retrieved October 21, He was himself a highly skilled canoeist; Nathaniel Hawthorneafter a ride with him, noted that “Mr. They held that an ideal spiritual state transcends, or goes beyond, the physical and empirical, and that one achieves that insight via personal intuition rather than religious doctrine.


Unlike many natural historians at the time, including Louis Agassiz who publicly opposed Darwinism in favor of a static view of nature, Thoreau was immediately enthusiastic about the theory of evolution by natural selection and endorsed it, [93] stating:. Although Walden enjoyed only moderate success in Thoreau’s lifetime, his experiment at the pond would spark considerable interest in the years to come.

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Replica of Thoreau’s cabin and a statue of him near Walden Pond. Thoreau does not hesitate to use metaphors, allusions, understatement, hyperbole, personification, irony, satire, metonymy, synecdoche, and oxymorons, and he can shift from a scientific to a transcendental point of view in mid-sentence.

Despotic authority had crushed the people’s sense of ingenuity and enterprise; the Canadian habitants had been reduced, in his view, to a perpetual childlike state. In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude, nor poverty poverty, nor weakness weakness.

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In January and Februaryhe delivered lectures on “The Rights and Duties of the Individual in relation to Government”, [43] explaining his tax resistance at the Concord Lyceum. Alexander Humboldt’s New World. Dutton and Company, Inc.

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Archived from the original on October 19, Did he h.d.thoreua lonely? Ten years after Thoreau’s death inin a spontaneous tribute to the writer and philosopher, visitors to the pond began placing rocks, flowers, and twigs in a cairn on a spot near where the house had been. His allusions to the Mexican War, to Mr. The Ideological Legacy of the American Revolution”. He rediscovered the process of making good pencils with inferior graphite by using clay as the binder.


A Study in American Experience and Culture. His books are selling at an unprecedented rate. It h.d.thogeau along the Concord River, 20 miles 32 km northwest of Boston.

In a similar vein, poet John Greenleaf Whittier detested what he deemed to be the “wicked” and h.v.thoreau message of Waldenclaiming that Thoreau wanted man to “lower himself to the level of a woodchuck and ealden on four legs”. There has been much guessing as to why Thoreau went to the pond. He wrote letters and journal entries until he became too weak to continue. His memory is honored by the international Thoreau Society and his legacy honored by the Thoreau Institute at Walden Woods, established in in Lincoln, Massachusetts.

Thoreau’s philosophy of civil disobedience later influenced the political thoughts and actions of such notable figures as Leo TolstoyMahatma Gandhiand Martin Luther King Jr.

The work is part personal declaration of independence, social experimentvoyage of spiritual discovery, satireand—to some degree—a manual for self-reliance. In the years following Thoreau’s death inhis sister and his friends undertook the responsibility of editing his work.