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Title: Henry David Thoreau 1817-1862


1
Henry David Thoreau1817-1862
  • Born second son and third child of John and
    Cynthia Dunbar Thoreau in 1817
  • Growing up was very close to his older brother
    John
  • Attended Harvard College

2
Influences
  • While at Harvard read Nature by Emerson
  • He and his brother took a trip along Merrimack
    and Concord Rivers
  • The two taught school for several years
  • Brother died suddenly in 1842

3
Writing of Walden
  • Retired for two year, two months and two days to
    a cabin he built on Walden Pond
  • Took manuscript through seven drafts
  • Did not sell particularly well during his lifetime

4
Thoreaus Ideas
  • Anticipated the crises that were to arise in the
    following centuries
  • Opposed slavery vehemently
  • Believed in the necessity of civil disobedience

5
Ideas Cont.
  • Opposed destruction of environment
  • A man of his time, but also of our time
  • Walden is rich and complex, drawing on Thoreaus
    wide and deep reading of world literature

6
Other Works
  • Kept an elaborate and detailed journal
  • Wrote Civil Disobedience, a tract justifying
    ones acts against a government that is unjust
  • A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers

7
Influence
  • Thoreau died at the age of 44 from tuberculosis,
    the scourge of his family
  • He is widely held to be one of the great American
    writers, influencing such thinkers as Martin
    Luther King and Mahatma Ghandi
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