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  Henry David Thoreau - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
David Henry Thoreau was born in Concord, Massachusetts, of John and Cynthia Thoreau.
Thoreau's concept of wilderness was a place used by man. For Thoreau "far in the recesses of the wilderness" of Maine was to "travel the logger's path and the Indian trail" rather then the pristine untouched wilderness we often associate with the word wilderness today.
Thoreau and this episode in his history, as unpractical and dreamy." Throughout the 19th century, Thoreau was dismissed as a cranky provincial, hostile to material progress.
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 Henry David Thoreau
Thoreau was born in Concord, Massachusetts in 1817 and died there in 1862, at the age of forty-four.
Thoreau viewed his existential quest as a venture in philosophy, in the ancient Greek sense of the word, because it was motivated by an urgent need to find a reflective understanding of reality that could inform a life of wisdom.
Thoreau was a literate and enthusiastic classicist, whose study of ancient Greek and Roman authors convinced him that philosophy ought to be a lived practice: so he can profitably be grouped with other nineteenth-century thinkers, such as Kierkegaard and Nietzsche, who pointed out the limitations of the abstract philosophy of the early modern period.
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 GradeSaver: ClassicNote: Biography of Henry David Thoreau
Henry David Thoreau was born on July 12, 1817, in Concord, Massachusetts.
Thoreau had agreed to pay for any copies of the book which were not sold; ultimately few were sold, and he lost $275 on the deal.
James Russell Lowell, with whom Thoreau had long had a contentious relationship, was the editor of the publication and deleted a sentence from the essays, considering it blasphemous; in response, Thoreau refused to speak to him for the rest of his life.
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 Henry David Thoreau biography Transcendentalism Walden
Thoreau actually took over management of Concord Academy in 1838 and subsequently introduced Bronson Alcott's progressive principles of education where physical punishments were abandoned and pupils were encouraged to participate in classroom discussion.
Thoreau set out to write a work in memory of his brother by attempting to set down something of their experiences in their canoe trip of 1839.
Thoreau's position in relation to such a decision to indulge in Civil Disobedience depended to a large extent on the belief in the reliability of the human conscience that was a fundamental Transcendentalist principle.
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 Henry David Thoreau - Free Online Library
Henry David Thoreau was born in Concord, Massachusetts, which was center of his life, although he spent several years of his childhood in the neighboring towns.
Thoreau's primary genre was the essay, and his fascination with his natural surroundings is reflected in many of his writings dealing with totally different subjects.
Two of Thoreau's best-known essays, "Walden" is the account of the solitary years that Thoreau spent in the woods, while "Civil Disobedience" discusses his decision to go to jail instead of paying a poll tax that supported war.
thoreau.thefreelibrary.com   (1063 words)

 Thoreau, Henry David. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05
After graduation, Thoreau worked for a time in his father’s pencil shop and taught at a grammar school, but in 1841 he was invited to live in the Emerson household, where he remained intermittently until 1843.
Thoreau’s advocacy of civil disobedience as a means for the individual to protest those actions of his government that he considers unjust has had a wide-ranging impact—on the British Labour movement, the passive resistance independence movement led by Gandhi in India, and the nonviolent civil-rights movement led by Martin Luther King in the United States.
Thoreau is also significant as a naturalist who emphasized the dynamic ecology of the natural world.
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 Henry David Thoreau   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Henry David Thoreau was a writer, philosopher, and naturalist who was born and lived in Concord, Massachusetts.
Like John Muir, Thoreau derived inspiration and spiritual sustenance from exploring the wilderness and was quite adept and inventive at woodcraft.
Thoreau clarified his position in his essay "Civil Disobedience" (1849), in which he also discussed passive resistance--a method of protest that later was adopted by Indian leader Mohandas Gandhi as well as by civil rights activists in the United States.
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Henry David Thoreau, of French and Scottish descent, was born in Concord and made it his permanent home.
Thoreau felt that his contribution would be to renew a sense of the wilderness in language.
Thoreau is the most attractive of the Transcendentalists today because of his ecological consciousness, do-it-yourself independence, ethical commitment to abolitionism, and political theory of civil disobedience and peaceful resistance.
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 Henry David Thoreau (1817-62).
Thoreau was born of French and Scottish stock at Concord, Massachusetts.
Thoreau was a man of "simple and high thinking" and his writings proved to have more of an impact on the men of the 20th century than the men of his own century, the 19th, for instance Gandhi became convinced by reading Thoreau of the rightness of the principle of passive resistance and civil disobedience.
Thoreau, a person who considered that "time is but the stream I go a-fishing in"; a person who thought that "government is best which governs not at all"; a person who saw, everywhere about him, people who laboured "endlessly to make there lives more complex...
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 Henry David Thoreau
The American recluse, naturalist and writer Henry David Thoreau was born at Concord, Massachusetts, on the 12th of July 1817.
John Thoreau, his father, who married the daughter of a New England clergyman, was the son of a John Thoreau of the isle of Jersey, who, in Boston, married a Scottish lady of the name of Burns.
As a boy, Henry drove his mother's cow to the pastures, and thus early became enamoured of certain aspects of nature and of certain delights of solitude.
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 The American Experience | John Brown's Holy War | People & Events | Henry David Thoreau
Henry David Thoreau, writer, naturalist, and philosopher, was born in Concord, Massachusetts, in 1817.
Thoreau was lucky to find a job teaching at the Concord Center School, but he resigned after just two weeks because he disagreed with the school's policy of using corporal punishment on its students.
Thoreau was impressed by Brown's determination and the strength of his convictions.
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 Henry Thoreau
Thoreau's CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE (1849) influenced Gandhi in his passive resistance campaigns,Martin Luther King, Jr., and at one time the politics of the British Labour Party.
Henry David Thoreau was born in Concord, Massachusetts, which was center of his life, although he spent several years in his childhood in the neighboring towns and elsewhere in his adulthood.
Thoreau taught there in 1838-41 until his John Thoreau became fatally ill. From 1848 he was a regular lecturer at Concord Lyceym.
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 PAL: Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)
Thoreau's words have also inspired the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., the peace marchers and the numerous conscientious-objectors to the Vietnam war.
Thoreau's expression of the doctrine of civil disobedience moved people around the world to practice it against local and national tyrannies.
Thoreau never thought of the simplicity of his manner of living as a virtue in itself.
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 Henry David Thoreau - Free net encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Henry David Thoreau (July 12, 1817 – May 6, 1862; born David Henry Thoreau) was an American author, naturalist, transcendentalist, pacifist, tax resister and philosopher who is famous for Walden, on simple living amongst nature, and On the Duty of Civil Disobedience, on resistance to civil government and many other articles and essays.
Thoreau died of tuberculosis in 1862 and was buried at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery.
Thoreau's three-million-word Journal, often mined but largely unpublished at his death, appeared in 1906 and helped to build his modern reputation.
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 Henry David Thoreau
Henry David Thoreau was born in Concord, Massachusetts, on 12th July, 1817.
Thoreau's argument that it was morally justified to peacefully resist unjust laws inspired Americans involved in the struggle against slavery and the fight for trade union rights and women's suffrage.
Thoreau wrote and lectured against slavery and for many years was a member of the Underground Railway.
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 The Academy of American Poets - Henry David Thoreau
Henry David Thoreau was born in 1817 in Concord, Massachusetts.
Although Thoreau thought of himself primarily as a poet during his early years, he was later discouraged in this pursuit and gradually came to feel that poetry was too confining.
It is as a prose writer that Thoreau made his most meaningful contributions, both as a stylist and as a philosopher.
www.poets.org /poet.php/prmPID/601   (282 words)

 The Writings of Henry D. Thoreau   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Thoreau wrote about love in general and one relationship in particular in his Journal during 1839-1840 when he was quite smitten with Ellen Sewall; his brother John was also in love with her.
Thoreau and Edward Hoar, son of Concord's leading lawyer and wealthiest citizen, were cooking a dinner of fish they had caught.
Although Thoreau proposed marriage to one woman (and was proposed to by another), Harding concludes that the preponderance of the evidence indicates that he had a fundamental attraction to other men, an attraction sublimated through his writing and his passion for nature.
www.thoreau.niu.edu /thoreau_faq.html   (2360 words)

 Today in History: July 12
Writer, philosopher, and naturalist Henry David Thoreau was born on July 12, 1817, in Concord, Massachusetts.
Thoreau's advocacy of simple, principled living remains compelling, while his writings on the relationship between people and the environment helped define the nature essay.
From 1845 to 1847, Thoreau moved to a hut on the edge of Walden Pond, a small glacial lake near Concord.
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 ArtandCulture Artist: Henry David Thoreau   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Thoreau was an American in the oldest and truest sense: he saw the individual as the source of social salvation.
The tone of "Civil Disobedience" is markedly different from the one Thoreau adopts in “A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers” (1849) or his magnum opus, "Walden" (1854).
This author presents Thoreau as he was seen in the eyes of his contemporaries.
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 Henry David Thoreau
Thoreau's sojourn at Walden Pond was twofold, to enable him to explore his own inner thoughts in solitude and to put into practice his ideas of living off the land.
Thoreau was also heavily involved in the anti-slavery movement and spoke at several of their rallies.
Thoreau was little known in his own lifetime, his books failed to sell, he managed to earn a living by teaching, helping to run the family pencil business, and working as a surveyor.
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 Thoreau Reader
Thoreau's 1845 experiment in living well, with annotated text, photos, Henry's own survey of the pond, and the Walden Express and Ask Jimmy for students.
Thoreau's influential 1849 essay on the right to follow your conscience, with annotated text.
Henry Thoreau as a Mirror of Ourselves - by Alfred Tauber
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 IHAS: Poet
ith these words Henry David Thoreau declared the purpose of his Walden experiment, the two years he spent in the Concord woods testing his belief in the ability of man to transcend his senses and attain a higher understanding of life.
Thoreau was graduated from Harvard in 1837 and returned to his hometown in search of an occupation.
Thoreau spent the subsequent year as a handyman, friend and protector to Lidian Emerson while her husband traveled abroad.
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 Henry David Thoreau
See also the works available at the Henry David Thoreau Society site and especially the bibliography at the Transcendentalism site.
Henry David Thoreau and the Critics: A Checklist of Criticism, 1900-1978.
Henry David Thoreau and John Muir among the Indians.
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 Henry David Thoreau
Thoreau's retreat to Walden was not the misanthropic withdrawal that is too often pictured; it was motivated by the urgent need to "live deep and suck out all the marrow of life," just as he writes in Walden.
Thoreau dedicated his life to the exploration of nature - not as a backdrop to human activity but as a living, integrated system of which you and I are simply a part.
Thoreau is your gateway to the "American Renaissance," the Transcendentalists, environmental science, the turbulent decades leading up to the Civil War...
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 Henry David Thoreau - The CHUD.COM Message Boards
Thoreau had such an overwhelming optimism that he was inspiring, even if some of his thoughts are overly idealistic, but something about his writing makes you forget that because he seemed to believe so intently what he wrote.
One of the things that makes Thoreau so special is that, while his writing was idealistic in many respects, and his philosophy idealistic in many respects, he lived it all and by all reports lived it thoroughly to the day he died.
I've read excerpts from them (the Bantam Classics Thoreau has Walden, Civil Disobedience, and Life Without Principle in full, along with excerpts A Week on the Concord, Cape Cod, and The Maine Woods, and selections from the Journal) and they seem to be more nature-heavy than philosophy-heavy, which probably accounts for their lack of popularity.
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