The Adventures of Henry Thoreau: A Young Man's Unlikely Path to Walden Pond

The Adventures of Henry Thoreau: A Young Man's Unlikely Path to Walden Pond

Michael Sims

Henry David Thoreau is an American highbrow icon; what made him so was once the last decade among his commencement from Harvard and the years he spent in a cabin he equipped himself on Ralph Waldo Emerson’s land at Walden Pond--the formative decade that became him into one in every of America’s such a lot influential writers.

In an in depth and textured narrative, Sims brings Thoreau to life--striding around the web page like an intensive folksinger instead of the curmudgeonly recluse who occupies our psychological snapshot of Walden Pond. during this younger interval, he wrote his first e-book and sophisticated the magazine entries that shaped the middle of his later work,Walden; joined the anti-slavery crusade and studied local American tradition; spent the evening in prison that ended in his celebrated essay Civil Disobedience, which might motivate the likes of Gandhi and Martin Luther King; constructed a scientific/poetic reaction to nature; and aligned himself with the Transcendentalism , which puzzled assumptions approximately God, citizenship, and the commercial Revolution.

Sims relates intimate moments in Thoreau’s day-by-day life--teaching Nathaniel Hawthorne to row a ship; tutoring Emerson’s nephew on Staten Island--and the deep effect of his mom and dad and his cherished older brother, John, whose tragic early demise haunted him. Chronicling Thoreau’s younger transformation, Sims indicates how his highbrow improvement could resonate for the remainder of his lifestyles, and all through American literature and history.

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