“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 Drawing on Thoreau’s copious writings, published and unpublished, Walls presents a Thoreau vigorously alive in all his quirks and contradictions: the young man shattered by the sudden death of his brother; the ambitious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.
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."
a documentary life of Henry David Thoreau, 1817-1862
Author: Henry David Thoreau,Raymond R. Borst
Publisher: G K Hall
Category: Literary Criticism
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.
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.
In 1845 Henry David Thoreau, disdainful of America's growing commercialism and industrialism, left his home town of Concord, Massachusetts to begin a new life alone, in a rough hut on the north-west shore of Walden Pond. Walden is Thoreau's classic autobiographical account of this experiment in solitary living. This new edition of Walden traces the sources of Thoreau's reading and thinking and considers the author in the context of his birthplace and his sense of its history - social, economic and natural. In addition, an ecological appendix provides modern identifications of the myriad plants and animals to which Thoreau gave increasingly close attention as he became acclimatized to his life in the woods by Walden Pond. - ;`The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation' In 1845 Henry David Thoreau left his home town of Concord, Massachusetts to begin a new life alone, in a rough hut he built himself a mile and a half away on the north-west shore of Walden Pond. Walden is Thoreau's classic autobiographical account of this experiment in solitary living, his refusal to play by the rules of hard work and the accumulation of wealth and above all the freedom it gave him to adapt his living to the natural world around him. This new edition of Walden traces the sources of Thoreau's reading and thinking and considers the author in the context of his birthplace and his sense of its history - social, economic and natural. In addition, an ecological appendix provides modern identifications of the myriad plants and animals to which Thoreau gave increasingly close attention as he became acclimatized to his life in the woods by Walden Pond. -
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.
When Henry David Thoreau died at the age of forty-four in 1862, he had written a forest of articles and essays that eventually earned him a reputation as a first-rate naturalist, conservationist, and social critic. His gravesite in Concord, Massachusetts, is a pilgrimage site for readers who still turn to Walden, A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers, Maine Woods, ''Civil Disobedience,'' and ''Walking'' for inspiration. Thoreau was a supreme articulator of America's conscience when the country was industrializing, facing battle over slavery, and developing its public education system. His thoughts are brook-clear and strangely prescient today.
Henry David Thoreau: Über die Pflicht zum Ungehorsam gegen den Staat Originaltitel: »The Resistance to Civil Government«. In der ersten Werkausgabe wurde daraus »Civil Disobedience« und später »On the Duty of Civil Disobedience«. Diese Übersetzung von David Adner steht unter einer Creative Commons Namensnennung Weitergabe unter gleichen Bedingungen 3.0 Deutschland Lizenz. Neuausgabe. Herausgegeben von Karl-Maria Guth. Berlin 2016. Umschlaggestaltung von Thomas Schultz-Overhage unter Verwendung des Bildes: Benjamin D. Maxham, Daguerreotype of Henry David Thoreau, 1856. Gesetzt aus der Minion Pro, 12 pt.
Henry Salt abandoned his mastership at Eton in the 1880s to devote himself to causes including vegetarianism, socialism, animals' rights, conservation, and prison reform. He remained a literary critic of distinction, publishing in 1890 the initial version of Thoreau's Life. With the help of American friends, he revised the book and published it anew in 1896. This third version, never before published, gives us Salt's final reading of Thoreau based on important works published up to 1908, including Thoreau's complete Journal. Combining a concise narrative of Thoreau's life with a perceptive treatment of his ideas and writings, it stands as a penetrating study of Thoreau, stressing his distinctive individuality. Through 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. The introduction details Salt's significant stylistic improvements to the 1908 edition as well as the inclusion of anecdotes and facts gathered from Samuel Arthur Jones, F. B. Sanborn, Ernest W. Vickers, Raymond Adams, Fred Hosmer, and Gandhi. This volume is made complete with Salt's updated bibliography and an index by the editors. It will appeal to scholars of Thoreau and to readers interested in Thoreau, American Transcendentalism, or American literature.
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.
Mysticism in the Life and Writings of Henry David Thoreau
Author: Paul Hourihan
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
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"
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.
Henry David Thoreau: Walden. Leben in den Wäldern Erstdruck: Boston, 1854. Hier nach der deutschen Übersetzung von Wilhelm Nobbe, 1905. Vollständige Neuausgabe. Herausgegeben von Karl-Maria Guth. Berlin 2015. Umschlaggestaltung von Thomas Schultz-Overhage unter Verwendung des Bildes: Bild des Titelblatts der Originalausgabe 1854. Gesetzt aus Minion Pro, 11 pt.