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- Thoreau, Henry David 1817-1862. American writer. A seminal figure in the history of American thought, he spent much of his life in Concord, Massachusetts, where he became associated with the New England transcendentalists and lived for two years on the shore of Walden Pond (1845-1847). His works include "Civil Disobedience” (1849) and Walden (1854).
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- proper n. A surname.
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- n. United States writer and social critic (1817-1862)
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A nonprofit group has unveiled what it calls the Thoreau-Wabanaki Trail to pay tribute to Thoreau - whom some consider the first ecotourist - and the Penobscot Indian guides who accompanied him on two of his treks.
In these two passages, we see the diversity of subject in Thoreau's daily log, but also how, in each case, he draws from the particular moment (a debate, a discovery) a lesson for about life and its proper conduct.
Emerson took a paternal and at times patronizing interest in Thoreau, advising the young man and introducing him to a circle of local writers and thinkers, including Ellery Channing, Margaret Fuller, Bronson Alcott, Nathaniel Hawthorne and his son Julian Hawthorne, who was a boy at the time.
Of his face, Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote: [Thoreau] is as ugly as sin, long-nosed, queer-mouthed, and with uncouth and rustic, though courteous manners, corresponding very well with such an exterior.
Thoreau is sometimes cited as an individualist anarchist as well as an inspiration to anarchists.
Thoreau is frequently quoted as espousing that the true place for a just man is in prison.
Today, Thoreau is regarded as one of the foremost American writers, both for the modern clarity of his prose style and the prescience of his views on nature and politics.
I thought she was referring to people's penchant for skinnydipping in Thoreau's Walden Pond after hours.
The popular image of Thoreau is of the lone eccentric contemplating nature at Walden Pond.
After all, Thoreau is right; the worst kind of a tick to get under your skin is yourself in an irritable mood.