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 Henry David Thoreau

1817-1862 was an essayist, poet, philosopher, and anti-slavery activist. Among his notable books are A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers and Civil Disobedience and Walden. He died of tuberculosis and he is buried in his family's plot near the graves of his friends Hawthorne, Alcott, Emerson, and Channing on Author's Ridge in Concord's Sleepy Hollow Cemetery.


cover Walden
In 1845 Thoreau leased some land owned by his friend and mentor, Ralph Waldo Emerson on Walden Pond near Concord, Massachusetts, and lived in a cabin on it for two years, two months, and two days. The experience gave Thoreau the chance to make keen observations on the world around him. The result became an American classic: Walden explores not only the soul of the searching Thoreau, but defines what it means to be a truly free person, and distills the essence of our relationship of Nature...More Info

cover Civil Disobedience, Solitude and Life Without Principle
This book is filled with the belief that people of conscience were/are at liberty to follow their own opinions, and Henry wrote at length on subjects that either supported or explained his (at-the-time) controversial views. In these selections from his writings, we see Thoreau as individualist and opponent of injustice. An all time classic for those who follow their heart and spirit..More Info

cover Walking
A meandering ode to the simple act and accomplished art of taking a walk. Profound and humorous, companionable and curmudeonly, Walking, by America's first nature writer, is your personal and portable guide to the activity that, like no other, awakens the senses and the soul to the "absolute freedom and wildness" of nature...More Info

cover New Suns Will Arise : From the Journals of Henry David Thoreau
Nothing must be postponed. Take time by the forelock. Now or never! You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment... The essays of Henry David Thoreau resonate with a love for life, nature, and simplicity. But his concern for the natural world and passion for living life to its fullest are perhaps best illustrated in his rarely read journals. Encompassing the whole of his writing career, these journals convey a startling insight, zest for life, and admiration for the power of the individual...More Info


At Walden Pond
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