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The Days Of Henry Thoreau

Author : Walter Harding
ISBN : 9780486144641
Genre : Literary Collections
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DIVAcclaimed biography reveals famous and little-known incidents; encounters with Hawthorne, Whitman; more. Fully corrected, enlarged. /div
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The Last Days Of John Brown

Author : Henry David Thoreau
ISBN : 1519237774
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Henry David Thoreau ( July 12, 1817 - May 6, 1862) was an American author, poet, philosopher, abolitionist, naturalist, tax resister, development critic, surveyor, and historian. A leading transcendentalist, Thoreau is best known for his book Walden, a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings, and his essay Resistance to Civil Government (also known as Civil Disobedience), an argument for disobedience to an unjust state. Thoreau's books, articles, essays, journals, and poetry total over 20 volumes. Among his lasting contributions are his writings on natural history and philosophy, where he anticipated the methods and findings of ecology and environmental history, two sources of modern-day environmentalism. His literary style interweaves close natural observation, personal experience, pointed rhetoric, symbolic meanings, and historical lore, while displaying a poetic sensibility, philosophical austerity, and "Yankee" love of practical detail. He was also deeply interested in the idea of survival in the face of hostile elements, historical change, and natural decay; at the same time he advocated abandoning waste and illusion in order to discover life's true essential needs. He was a lifelong abolitionist, delivering lectures that attacked the Fugitive Slave Law while praising the writings of Wendell Phillips and defending abolitionist John Brown. Thoreau's philosophy of civil disobedience later influenced the political thoughts and actions of such notable figures as Leo Tolstoy, Mahatma Gandhi, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Thoreau is sometimes cited as an anarchist. Though Civil Disobedience seems to call for improving rather than abolishing government - "I ask for, not at once no government, but at once a better government" - the direction of this improvement points toward anarchism: "'That government is best which governs not at all;' and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which they will have." Richard T. Drinnon partly blames Thoreau for the ambiguity, noting that Thoreau's "sly satire, his liking for wide margins for his writing, and his fondness for paradox provided ammunition for widely divergent interpretations of 'Civil Disobedience'."

Henry David Thoreau

Author : Andrew Coddington
ISBN : 9781502619280
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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A leading author, philosopher, and activist, Thoreau’s call to simple living has enticed readers for over one hundred years. Selections from Thoreau’s most influential texts are analyzed in this book in order for students to better grasp Thoreau’s life and the historical events that shaped his ideas.
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The Days Of Henry Thoreau

Author : Walter Harding
ISBN : 9781400875566
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Henry David Thoreau is generally remembered as the author of Walden and "Civil Disobedience," a recluse of the woods and a political protester who once went to jail. To his contemporaries he was a minor disciple of Emerson; he has since joined the ranks of America's most respected and beloved writers. Few, however, really know the complexity of the man they revere—wanderer and scholar, naturalist and humorist, teacher and surveyor, abolitionist and poet, Transcendentalist and anthropologist, inventor and social critic, and, above all, individualist. In this widely acclaimed biography, the eminent Thoreau scholar Walter Harding presents all of these Thoreaus. Scholars will find here the culmination of a lifetime of research and study, meticulously documented, while general readers will find an absorbing story of a remarkable man. Writing with supreme lucidity, Harding has marshaled all the facts so as best to “let them speak for themselves.” Thoreau’s thoughtfulness and stubbornness, his more than ordinarily human amalgam of the earthy and sublime, his unquenchable vitality emerge to the reader as they did to his own family, friends, and critics. The new afterword evaluates new scholarship about Thoreau. Originally published in 1982. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Henry Thoreau

Author : Robert D. Richardson
ISBN : 0520063465
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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This biography of Henry Thoreau offers insight into his social activism, his interest in fine arts, William Gilpin and John Ruskin's influence on his nature writing, and his involvement in, and influence by, the Agassiz-Darwin debate over "The Origin of Species."
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Author : Henry David Thoreau
ISBN : STANFORD:36105037902645
Genre : Literary Criticism
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A complete text of Thoreau's famous journal of the year he spent alone with nature at Walden Pond, now acclaimed as a classic of nineteenth-century American prose
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Author : Henry David Thoreau
ISBN : 1466242256
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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A transcendental day book; 366 selected days from the span of 25 years in the life of a 19th century American Transcendental “Blogger”: from The Journals of Henry David Thoreau
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

An Introduction To Global Studies

Author : Patricia J. Campbell
ISBN : 9781444329582
Genre : Political Science
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Taking an interdisciplinary approach, An Introduction to Global Studies presents readers with a solid introduction to the complex, interconnected forces and issues confronting today's globalized world. Introduces readers to major theories, key terms, concepts, and notable theorists Equips readers with the basic knowledge and conceptual tools necessary for thinking critically about the complex issues facing the global community Includes a variety of supplemental features to facilitate learning and enhance readers' understanding of the material
Category: Political Science

The Thoreau Centennial

Author : Walter Roy Harding
ISBN : 0873950151
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The papers gathered in this volume were among those delivered at the Thoreau Centennial meetings at the Pierpont Morgan Library, the Community Church, and New York University's Hall of Fame in New York City on May 5 and 6, 1962, under the sponsorship of the Thoreau Society, and under the leadership of Professor Lewis Leary of Columbia University, then President of the Thoreau Society. The wide variety in subject and approach of these papers is in itself ample indication of Thoreau's multifaceted appeal today: Carl F. Hovde, Associate Professor of English at Columbia University, studies Thoreau's conception of character in his first book and demonstrates why character development was always secondary to theme in his writings. Joseph J. Moldenhauser, Assistant Professor of English at the University of Texas, comments on Thoreau as a literary stylist and on his use of imagery and figurative language. Walter Harding, Chairman of the English Department at the State University College at Geneseo, New York, and Secretary of the Thoreau Society, in an adaptation of the final chapter of his forthcoming biography, presents the facts about Thoreau's last days. Raymond Adams, Professor of English at the University of North Carolina and dean of present-day Thoreau scholars, comments on the recent surge of interest in Thoreau's life and writings. J. Lyndon Shanley, Professor of English at Northwestern University and former President of the Thoreau Society, re-examines the persistent claims of disillusionment and disappointment surrounding Thoreau's final years. Reginald L. Cook, Chairman of the American Literature Department at Middlebury College, Director of the Breadloaf School of English, demonstrates the affinities of two of our greatest American authors, Thoreau and Frost. Howard Mumford Jones, Professor Emeritus of English at Harvard University, examines Thoreau as an aphorist and a moralist in the light of his Journal. The Rev. Donald S. Harrington, minister of the Community Church in New York City, discusses Thoreau's philosophy as a guide for life today. Raymond Adams discusses why Thoreau, a century after his death, was finally chosen for inclusion in the Hall of Fame. His Excellency Braj Kumar Nehru, Ambassador to the United States from India, in recognition of Thoreau's influence on one of the greatest men of our century, Mahatma Gandhi, pays tribute to Thoreau. It has taken Henry David Thoreau a full century to attain his present high peak of fame and honor, but from the wide range of this collection of papers we can see how diversified that fame is. Above all, he is honored as a Transcendentalist--as a spiritual pioneer who points the way to a better life and as one who is certain that if we but work for it, we can attain that better life here on earth.
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The Concord Saunterer

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ISBN : UOM:39015066189377
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The River

Author : Henry David Thoreau
ISBN : 0808402625
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Thoreau Political Writings

Author : Henry David Thoreau
ISBN : 0521476755
Genre : History
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A complete edition of political essays by the eloquent and influential American writer Henry David Thoreau, first published in 1996.
Category: History

The Boilerplate Rhino

Author : David Quammen
ISBN : 9780743200325
Genre : Nature
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A collection of twentysix essays about the natural world captures the relationship between human and animal, with such topics as rattlesnakes and their handlers, and spiders and arachnophobia, all told in an entertaining, enlightening style.
Category: Nature

Perfectly Miserable

Author : Sarah Payne Stuart
ISBN : 9781101626740
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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A wryly comic memoir that examines the pillars of New England WASP culture—class, history, family, money, envy, perfection, and, of course, real estate—through the lens of mothers and daughters. At eighteen, Sarah Payne Stuart fled her mother and all the other disapproving mothers of her too perfect hometown of Concord, Massachusetts, only to return years later when she had children of her own. Whether to defy the previous generation or finally earn their approval and enter their ranks, she hurled herself into upper-crust domesticity full throttle. In the twenty years Stuart spent back in her hometown—in a series of ever more magnificent houses in ever grander neighborhoods—she was forced to connect with the cultural tradition of guilt and flawed parenting of a long legacy of local, literary women from Emerson’s wife, to Hawthorne’s, to the most famous and imposing of them all, Louisa May Alcott’s iconic, guilt-tripping Marmee. When Stuart’s own mother dies, she realizes that there is no one left to approve or disapprove. And so, with her suddenly grown children fleeing as she herself once did, Stuart leaves her hometown for the final time, bidding good-bye to the cozy ideals invented for her by Louisa May Alcott so many years ago, which may or may not ever have been based in reality.
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To Set This World Right

Author : Sandra Harbert Petrulionis
ISBN : 0801441579
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In the decade before the Civil War, Concord, Massachusetts, was a center of abolitionist sentiment and activism. To Set this World Right is the first book to recover and examine the voices, events, and influence of the antebellum antislavery movement in Concord. In addressing fundamental questions about the origin and nature of radical abolitionism in this most American of towns, Sandra Harbert Petrulionis frames the antislavery ideology of Henry Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson--two of Concord's most famous residents--as a product of family and community activism and presents the civic context in which their outspoken abolitionism evolved. In this historic locale, radical abolitionism crossed racial, class, and gender lines as a confederation of neighbors fomented a radical consciousness, and Petrulionis documents how the Thoreaus, Emersons, and Alcotts worked in tandem with others in their community, including a slaveowner's daughter and a former slave. Additionally, she examines the basis on which Henry Thoreau--who cherished nothing more than solitary tramps through his beloved woods and bogs--has achieved lasting fame as a militant abolitionist. This book marshals rich archival evidence of the diverse tactics exploited by a small coterie of committed activists, largely women, who provoked their famous neighbors to action. In Concord, the fugitive slave Shadrach Minkins was clothed and fed as he made his way to freedom. In Concord, the adolescent daughters of John Brown attended school and recovered from their emotional distress after their father's notorious public hanging. Although most residents of the town maintained a practiced detachment from the plight of the enslaved, women and men whose sole objective was the moral urgency of abolishing slavery at last prevailed on the philosophers of self-culture to accept the responsibility of their reputations.
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The Adventures Of Henry Thoreau

Author : Michael Sims
ISBN : 9781408830499
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The Adventures of Henry Thoreau sheds illuminating light on one of the most iconic figures in American history
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Henry D Thoreau

Author : Franklin Benjamin Sanborn
ISBN : UCD:31175009653711
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Fifty Thinkers Who Shaped The Modern World

Author : Stephen Trombley
ISBN : 9781782390381
Genre : Philosophy
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Fifty Thinkers Who Shaped the Modern World profiles fifty landmark philosophers, scientists, political, social theorists and spiritual leaders whose ideas have defined the age we live in. Stephen Trombley's Fifty Thinkers Who Shaped the Modern World traces the development of modern thought through a sequence of accessible profiles of the most influential thinkers in every domain of intellectual endeavour since 1789. No major representative of post-Enlightenment thought escapes Trombley's attention: the German idealists Kant, Fichte, Schelling and Hegel; the utilitarians Bentham and Mill; the transcendentalists Emerson and Thoreau; Kierkegaard and the existentialists; founders of new fields of inquiry such as Weber, Durkheim and C.S. Peirce; the analytic philosophers Russell, Moore, Whitehead and Wittgenstein; political leaders from Mohandas K. Gandhi to Adolf Hitler; and - last but not least - the four shapers-in-chief of our modern world: the philosopher, historian and political theorist Karl Marx; the naturalist Charles Darwin, proposer of the theory of evolution; Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis; and the theoretical physicist Albert Einstein, begetter of the special and general theories of relativity and founder of post-Newtonian physics. Fifty Thinkers Who Shaped the Modern World offers a crisp analysis of their key ideas, and in some cases a re-evaluation of their importance as we proceed into the 21st century.
Category: Philosophy