A biography and life work of henry david thoreau an american author

As Thoreau became less of a Transcendentalist, he became more of an activist—above all, a dedicated abolitionist. Lecturing provided another small source of income but, more importantly, permitted him to test the ideas in his writings before they were published.

Even when he grew ambivalent about the village after reaching adulthood, he never grew ambivalent about its lovely setting of woodlands, streams, and meadows.

Civil Disobedience and the Walden years: Twice during his college years he was forced to drop out for a short time: Later, Thoreau converted the pencil factory to produce plumbago, a name for graphite at the time, which was used in the electrotyping process.

It was not atheistic, but Unitarian and thus did not see Jesus as divine. He used to say roads were made for horses and business men. He soon polished some of his old college essays and composed new and better ones as well.

He was named after a recently deceased paternal Uncle, David Thoreau.

Thoreau Biography

Fascinated by the idea of refusing to cooperate with an evil system, I was so deeply moved that I reread the work several times. Thoreau at first refused to leave the jail since he had not paid the taxes himself, but he finally left when Staples threatened to throw him out.

He was the only one of the famed Concord authors to be a native of the town. He bought building supplies and a chicken coop for the boardsand built himself a small house there, moving in on the Fourth of July.

His income, however, was always very modest, and his main concerns were his daily afternoon walks in the Concord woods, the keeping of a private journal of his nature observations and ideas, and the writing and revision of essays for publication. On a trip into town, he ran into the local tax collector who asked him to pay six years of delinquent poll taxes He had a natural gift for mechanics.

However, there was never a complete break between the two, and in later years they grew close again. Carl Bode ; and Correspondence, ed. His paternal grandfather was of French origin and was born in Jersey. On April 18,Thoreau moved into the Emerson house. Bronson Alcott attended the lecture, writing in his journal on January Upon graduating from the academy, he entered Harvard University in He devoured all the first-hand travel accounts available in his day, at a time when the last unmapped regions of the earth were being explored.

As a biographer of Brown put it, "If, as Alfred Kazin suggests, without John Brown there would have been no Civil War, we would add that without the Concord Transcendentalists, John Brown would have had little cultural impact.

A little bread or a few potatoes would have done as well, with less trouble and filth.

Henry David Thoreau

And also you can read his books and learn how he enjoyed the woods and what beautiful things he found in them. Over several years, he worked to pay off his debts and also continuously revised his manuscript for what, inhe would publish as Walden, or Life in the Woods, recounting the two years, two months, and two days he had spent at Walden Pond.

He had two main purposes in moving to the pond:Henry David Thoreau () was born and lived nearly all his life in Concord, Massachusetts, a small town about twenty miles west of Boston.

He received his education at the public school in Concord and at the private Concord Academy. 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. David Henry Thoreau was born in Concord, Massachusetts, to John and Cynthia Thoreau.

Life and Legacy

He was named after a recently deceased paternal Uncle, David Thoreau. He was named after a recently deceased paternal Uncle, David Thoreau.

Watch video · American essayist, poet, and practical philosopher, Henry David Thoreau was a New England Transcendentalist and author of the book Walden. Henry David Thoreau was born on July 12,in Concord Born: Jul 12, If you like the writings of Thoreau, you will love this biography.

Thoreau really comes to life and Walter Harding does a great job at aquainting us with Thoreau as if he were our neighbor or close friend.

Henry S. Salt, Life of Henry David Thoreau (), though outdated, is a sympathetic interpretation. Sherman Paul, The Shores of America: Thoreau’s Inward Exploration (), is the best critical study, but it overlooks Thoreau’s political essays.

A biography and life work of henry david thoreau an american author
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