Henry Thoreau : A Life of the Mind
The two years Thoreau spent at Walden Pond and the night he spent in the Concord jail are among the most familiar features of the American intellectual landscape. In this new biography, based on a reexamination of Thoreau's manuscripts and on a retracing of his trips, Robert Richardson offers a view of Thoreau's life and achievement in their full nineteenth century context.
- Paperback | 464 pages
- 149.86 x 269.24 x 25.4mm | 635.03g
- 01 Mar 1988
- University of California Press
- Berkerley, United States
"A splendidly written book. . . . Richardson's critical discussions of the journals, "Walden, "Cape Cod, and the other works are invariably illuminating and cast a new light on Thoreau's sometimes cross-grained but fascinating personality." --"The Boston Globe
About Robert D. Richardson
Robert D. Richardson, Jr. is the author of Emerson: The Mind on Fire (California, 1995) among other books.
"Absorbing and sparklingly fresh biography. "--Publishers Weekly "A prose style graceful and lucid enough to survive side by side comparison with Thoreau's own epigrammatic brilliance."--Booklist "The arc of Thoreau's progress is more absorbing than any thriller .... This is a splendidly written book, handsomely designed and illustrated by Barry Moser and worthy of a place on the bookshelf near Walden."--Robert Taylor, The Boston Globe "Richardson's book is the best introduction and guide to Thoreau's thought that we are likely to obtain. It leads us to re-read Thoreau [and] to recognize that we are hearing a unique, and perhaps essential, American voice." --Frank McConnell, Wilson Quarterly
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In this new biography, based on a reexamination of Thoreau's manuscripts and on retracing of his trips, Robert Richardson offers a view of Thoreau's life and achievement in their full nineteenth century context.