Henry David Thoreau

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Henry David Thoreau

INTRODUCTION

Henry David Thoreau was an American author, poet, abolitionist, naturalist, tax resister, development critic, surveyor, historian , philosopher andtranscendentalist. Henry David Thoreau was a complex man of many talents who worked hard to shape his craft and his life. He is best known for his book Walden, a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings, and his essay, Civil Disobedience, an argument for individual resistance to civil government in moral opposition to an unjust state.
Henry's books, articles, essays, journals, and poetry total over 20 volumes. Among his lasting contributions were his writings on natural history and philosophy, where he anticipated the methods and findings of
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The school ended when John became fatally ill from tetanus in 1842[19] after cutting himself while shaving. He died in his brother Henry's arms.[20] Meanwhile, he was spending a good deal of time writing - he had begun a journal in 1837 which ran to 14 volumes of close-packed print when published after his death. He wanted to be a poet.
But America starved its poets as a rule, and Thoreau spent much of his life attempting to do just what he wanted and at the same time to survive. For he wanted to live as a poet as well as to write poetry. He loved nature and could stay indoors only with effort. The beautiful woods, meadows, and waters of the Concord neighborhood attracted him like a drug. He wandered among them by day and by night, observing the world of nature closely and sympathetically. He named himself, half humorously, "inspector of snow-storms and rainstorm
Ralph Emerson's Assessment

Upon graduation Thoreau returned home to Concord, where he met Ralph Waldo Emerson. Thoreau's struggles were watched with compassion by an older Concord neighbor who was also one of America's great men, Ralph Waldo
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