Henry david thoreau: a brief biography henry david thoreau henry david thoreau advocated simple, mindful living and rejected a lifestyle dedicated to the pursuit of wealth thoreau spent much of his life writing and observing nature though his work was not a success in his own time, he is regarded today as a writer of uncommon vision and as. Henry david thoreau: a life by laura dassow walls university of chicago press 613 pages $35 and £2650 on an april night in 1844, a distraught henry david thoreau walked through the. Henry david thoreau was an accomplished american writer, as well as an outstanding transcendentalist, a person who seeks to rise above common thought or ideas he is best known for his classic book, walden. Henry david thoreau happily labored as farmer, gardener, house painter, carpenter, mason, surveyor, pencil maker, day laborer, schoolmaster, lecturer, naturalist-and. In march 1845, henry david thoreau borrowed an axe and set off for walden pond, near his home in concord, massachusetts he was going to build a hut, and he knew exactly where: on a spot near the.
David henry thoreau (who later reversed the order of his first and middle names) was born in concord, massachusetts, in 1817 his father, john thoreau, was a meek man who owned a pencil factory and enjoyed reading the classics. Henry david thoreau facts in this article takes us through his life, his works and his philosophy it was this man who wrote the ground-breaking civil disobedience essay, which went on to inspire people like gandhi and martin luther king jr. Every year, there is at least one new book about the life of henry david thoreau but only once per generation is there a new, all-inclusive, scholarly biography laura dassow walls's 666-page door stopper is the one we have been waiting for--the most authoritative biography of thoreau ever written. Though not a professional philosopher, henry david thoreau is recognized as an important contributor to the american literary and philosophical movement known as new england transcendentalism.
Henry david thoreau, portrait by samuel worcester rowse, 1854 in the concord free public library, massachusetts courtesy of the corporation of the free public library, concord, mass. Henry david thoreau civil disobedience herald of freedom life without principle the last days of john brown paradise (to be) regained a plea for captain john brown. Henry david thoreau was born on july 12, 1817, of rather ordinary parents in concord, outside of boston, massachusetts his childhood and adolescence, from what little is known about these periods of his life, appear to have been typical for the time. Henry david thoreau is one of america’s most influential thinkers and writers 160 years after it was published, “walden” continues to inspire readers to get out into nature and march to the beat of their own drummer. Although an author's biography is always to some degree relevant to the study of his or her writings, a remarkable unity existed between henry david thoreau's life and his work.
Biography henry david thoreau was a complex man of many talents who worked hard to shape his craft and his life, seeing little difference between them. Henry david thoreau was born david henry thoreau in concord, massachusetts, into the modest new england family of john thoreau, a pencil maker, and cynthia dunbar his paternal grandfather had been born on the uk crown dependency island of jersey [17. Henry david thoreau was a famous writer, philosopher, and environmentalist who lived in the nineteenth century in this lesson, learn more about thoreau's very interesting life and some of the. Henry david thoreau was born on july 12, 1817, in concord, massachusetts he began writing nature poetry in the 1840s, with poet ralph waldo emerson as a mentor and friend.
This biography of henry david thoreau does a wonderful job of not only discussing thoreau's many writings, but also of describing his full, complex life the author, laura dassow walls, shows how history has misunderstood thoreau. David henry thoreau was born on july 12, 1817, in concord, massachusetts he was the youngest of three children to john and synthia thoreau he studied at harvard from 1822-1837, majoring in english. Join laura dassow walls, author of the forthcoming henry david thoreau: a life, for an illustrated presentation on the profound, inspiring complexity of henry david thoreau. Henry s salt, life of henry david thoreau (1896), though outdated, is a sympathetic interpretation sherman paul, the shores of america: thoreau’s inward exploration (1958), is the best critical study, but it overlooks thoreau’s political essays. Henry david thoreau (july 12, 1817 - may 6, 1862) was an american poet, prose author, naturalist, pacifist, philosopher, and transcendentalist thoreau was born at concord, massachusetts his father, of french extraction, from jersey, was a manufacturer of lead-pencils.
Henry david thoreau transcendentalist , tax resister, abolitionist, historian, author and poet henry david thoreau (1817-1862) is best known for his book walden thoreau pioneered the field of ecology and environmentalism by writing about his observations in nature and his philosophies of limiting the role of government. Henry david thoreau was born on july 12, 1817 in a farm house, known as the minot house, on virginia road in concord, mass thoreau was actually born david henry thoreau but began calling himself henry david after finishing college, although he never legally changed his name. Henry david thoreau biography henry david thoreau (1817-1862) – american poet, writer and leading member of the transcendentalist movement one of his best-known works was “walden” which recounted his experiment of living simply and close to nature as well as a noted literary figure he was active in opposing slavery and was an early proponent of environmentalism. David henry thoreau was born on july 12, 1817, in concord, massachusetts, to john thoreau and cynthia dunber his father was a pencil maker he had one brother, john, jr, and two sisters, helen and sophia.