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  Henry David Thoreau - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Thoreau embarked on a two-year experiment in simple living on July 4, 1845 when he moved to a second-growth forest around the shores of beautiful Walden Pond, as a guest of his friend Ralph Waldo Emerson, a fifteen minute walk from his family in Concord, Massachusetts.
Thoreau was also one of the first American supporters of Charles Darwin's theory of evolution.
Thoreau died of tuberculosis in 1862, in the town of his birth, Concord, and was buried at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery.
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 Thoreau, Henry David. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05
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.
Thoreau’s writings, including his journals, were published in 20 volumes in 1906.
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 henry david thoreau   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Henry David Thoreau (July 12, 1817 - May 6, 1862; born 'David Henry Thoreau') was a noted American author and philosopher who is most famous for Walden, his essay on civil disobedience, and his call for the preservation of wilderness.
Thoreau embarked on a two-year experiment in simple living on July 4, 1845 when he moved to a second-growth forest around the shores of beautiful Walden Pond, not far from his friends and family in Concord.
Thoreau refused to pay taxes in 1846, based on his opposition to the Mexican War, and was later jailed.
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 Thoreau - "Civil Disobedience" - Criticism
Vivas saw Thoreau's politics, especially his stance on resistance to government, as troubling, "Thoreau's ideals are inoperative in the real, everyday world, and because he will not compromise his ideals, at all, they have no effect upon the world: they are politically useless." (35) In the 1960s, we will see how useful Thoreau becomes.
Thoreau's unwillingness to compromise was not a sign of perversity but of principle." (40) The political anarchist image of Thoreau does not disturb Parrington, who considered him American in political thought: "Parrington places Thoreau in the liberal tradition by tracing the political ideas in "Civil Disobedience" back to William Godwin's Political Justice (p.
Thoreau was used as guidance for those who opposed the war as "conscientious objectors." A society gearing up for war might have trouble appreciating Thoreau.
www.vcu.edu /engweb/transcendentalism/authors/thoreau/critonrcg.html   (1530 words)

 Analysis and Notes on Walden -- Henry Thoreau's Text with Adjacent Thoreauvian Commentary
Thoreau does not hestitate 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.
Thoreau developed his own sense of economics, an understanding that differs greatly from that of Karl Marx (communism) or that of Adam Smith (capitalism), an understanding that can free an individual from a life of toil and worry.
Brute Neighbors Thoreau provides a short spoof of his and Channing's behavior, and then describes some animals living around the pond, the most notable being the ants, which are fighting a war.
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 MSN Encarta - Henry David Thoreau
Thoreau’s best-known work is Walden; or, Life in the Woods (1854), which embodies his philosophy and reflects his independent character.
In 1845 Thoreau moved to a crude hut on the shores of Walden Pond, a small body of water on the outskirts of Concord.
A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers is the narrative of a boating trip that Thoreau took with his brother in August 1839; it is a combination of nature study and metaphysical speculation and bears the distinctive impress of the author's engaging personality.
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 Heath Anthology of American LiteratureHenry David Thoreau - Author Page
The Thoreaus were of Huguenot stock, having been driven from France in the Protestant persecutions of the late seventeenth century, culminating in the revocation by Louis XIV of the Edict of Nantes in 1685.
Early interpreters of Thoreau understandably thought of him as a naturalist, since his observations of botanical phenomena were copious, and since he spent much of his time roaming the environs of Concord with spyglass, notebook, and pencil, recording the seasonal changes and life cycles of hundreds of plants.
In short, Thoreau was not only a writer of great skill, but a man remarkably alert to the thinking of his age, who with remarkable prescience anticipated the crises in values of the centuries to follow him.
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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 Info - Encyclopedia WikiWhat.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Henry David Thoreau (July 12, 1817 - May 6, 1862) was a noted American author and philosopher who is most famous for Walden and his treatise on civil disobedience.
Thoreau refused to pay taxes in 1846 bassed on his opposition of the mexican war, and was later jailed.
Thoreau died in the city of his birth, Concord, and below is a picture of Thoreau's grave in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery (not the famous Sleepy Hollow Cemetery) of Concord, Massachusetts:
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 Henry David Thoreau - Biography and Works   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Thoreau studied at Concord Academy (1828-33), and at Harvard University, graduating in 1837.
Thoreau's most famous essay, "Civil Disobedience" (1849), was a result of a overnight visit in 1846 to a jail, when he refused to pay his taxes in protest against the Mexican War and the extension of slavery.
Thoreau's letters were edited by his friend Emerson and published posthumously in 1865.
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 The Writings of Henry D. Thoreau   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
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.
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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.
In 1862, Thoreau describes "wildness" as a treasure to be preserved, rather than a resource to be plundered.
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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 later elsewhere.
Thoreau's primary genre was essay, and his fascination with his natural surroundings is reflected in many of his writings dealing with totally different subjects.
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 Peter Suber, "Civil Disobedience"
Thoreau and Wasserstrom argue that while many in fact might be morally justified in disobeying, few in fact will actually disobey.
Thoreau claimed that the only harmful consequences of civil disobedience were triggered by the government's reaction to it.
Thoreau ardently wished that all opponents of slavery would act on their convictions.
www.earlham.edu /~peters/writing/civ-dis.htm   (1767 words)

 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.
Based on Thoreau's stay at Walden, it is a discourse against the authority of the government and slavery of the people it governs.
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)

 NPR : Thoreau's Walden, Present at the Creation
Thoreau was born in Concord, Mass., on July 12, 1817.
Thoreau called the move an experiment, to test the transcendentalist idea that divinity was present in nature and the human soul.
Thoreau left the pond after those 26 months, and it was only after many revisions that he finally published Walden in August of 1854.
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In it the artistically re/created real-life experience (itself an experiment in "artistic" living) becomes a symbolic model or paradigm for an embodied spiritual quest for the disembodied, for a journey from the "gross" to the divine "necessaries of life." The thesis of Walden is clearly indicated in the first chapter of the book.
Thoreau's strategy in Walden is to expose this social fiction for what it really is, namely, a false fiction, a fiction that represents the triumph of the flesh over the spirit.
Having awakened his readers to the true realities that are within humankind's reach, Thoreau is in a position to pinpoint that flaw in human thinking which can easily lead to the acceptance of the false social fiction that the book exposes.
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 Thoreau Elementary School - MMSD
Thoreau Elementary School is a child-centered school where staff, parents, students, and community members work together to create a model learning environment for all students and provide rigorous academic challenges based on thorough and continuous assessments of all students.
Thoreau Elementary School is a contemporary building tucked into a hillside of oak trees located on the westside of Madison.
Thoreau has a school-wide behavior plan that provides all students with opportunities to increase their understanding of appropriate social interaction.
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 Thoreau, Henry David - Hutchinson encyclopedia article about Thoreau, Henry David   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Thoreau was born in Concord, Massachusetts, and graduated from Harvard University.
His friend the transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson encouraged him to write and offered him land near Walden Pond on which to set up his experiment 1845–47 in living a life close to nature, requiring little manual labour and allowing him time to write.
Thoreau's other works include A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849) and, published posthumously, Excursions (1863), The Maine Woods (1864), Cape Cod (1865), and A Yankee in Canada (1866).
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 Thoreau: Genius Ignored
Thoreau was born in Concord, Massachusetts, on July 12, 1817.
Thoreau's move had aroused a great deal of curiosity among his fellow Concordians; they wanted to know why a Harvard graduate was living in a cabin in the woods.
Thoreau submitted an account of a trip he had taken to Maine in 1853 which was accepted and published.
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 No. 339: Thoreau's Pencils
Pencil leads were made by filling a groove in a piece of wood with a mixture of ground graphite and some kind of binder.
Yet Thoreau was content to walk away from an invention without making personal profit of it.
Henry David Thoreau is sometimes painted as ineffective in the real world.
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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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 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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 Henry David Thoreau
Thoreau died of tuberculosis in 1862, at the age of 44.
Over the years, Thoreau's reputation has been strong, although he is often cast into roles -- the hermit in the wilderness, the prophet of passive resistance (so dear to Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King) -- that he would have surely seen as somewhat alien.
Perhaps he would have appreciated that, for he seems to have wanted most to use words to force his readers to rethink their own lives creatively, different though they may be, even as he spent his life rethinking his, always asking questions, always looking to nature for greater intensity and meaning for his life.
www.vcu.edu /engweb/transcendentalism/authors/thoreau   (798 words)

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