The Days of Henry Thoreau

The Days of Henry Thoreau : A Biography

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In this widely acclaimed biography, an outstanding Thoreau scholar presents the culmination of a lifetime of research. This eminently readable work reveals Thoreau's manysidedness; famous and little-known incidents; encounters with Hawthorne, Whitman, other notables; much more. "The best biography we have had." "The New York Times Book Review." 36 illustrations."show more

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  • Paperback | 544 pages
  • 139.7 x 208.28 x 27.94mm | 612.35g
  • Dover Publications Inc.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0486242633
  • 9780486242637
  • 844,305

Review Text

What did Thoreau do in Concord? How did he pass his days? Walter Harding tells us in a book so thorough that it is thoroughly satisfying. Footnotes and an abundance of facts do not dull, for Thoreau was a constantly fascinating fellow. He could survey, school-teach, lecture, write, plant a tree, improve his father's pencil product, pull a pout from her nest or draw a pet mouse to his side with a flute. He was the friend of Emerson, Bronson Alcott, William Channing the Younger, knew Whitman, Horace Greeley, Hawthorne. He had a period of romancing, but subsided into the single life quite early (the one convention of the family he did not break). He was nature's man, and when dying regretted that he could not "even see outdoors." He was a Transcendentalist, an abolitionist. He went to jail for not paying his taxes after an amiable altercation with the t.own constable. He traveled to Maine (The Maine Woods) and Cape Cod (Cape Cod), to Staten Island and New York. His first book, A Meek on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers, was written in memory of the dead brother who had accompanied him on the journey. He lived two years by Walden pond (Warden); he wrote of Civil Disobedience and The Succession of Forest Trees. When he died, for a man who had only begun to achieve the eminence he has today, he was lauded in all the major publications of the day. Of the life, this is to the life, an admirable, solid job. Mr. Harding is co-author with Milton Meltzer of A Thoreau Profile (1962). (Kirkus Reviews)show more

Table of contents

Contents page Introduction I 1817 -1823 II 1823 -1833  III · 1833 -1837 IV 1837 -1838 V · 1838 -1841 VI 1839 -1842 VII 1839 -1843 VIII · 1843 145 IX · 1843 -1845 X 1845 -1847 · XI 1846 -1847 XII 1847 -1849 XIII 1845 -1849 · XIV 1849 -1852  XV 1849 -1853 XVI 1854 -1855 XVII 1855 -1857 XVIII 1857 -1858 XIX 1859 -1860XX 1861 -1862EPILOGUE A BIBLIOGRAPHICAL NOTE AFTERWORD TO THE DOVER EDITION NOTES ADDED TO THE DOVER EDITION INDEX show more