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  • adj. Of or pertaining to Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), American writer and philosopher, or his writings.


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  • Your first argument wasn't based on that kind of Thoreauvian, "beware any enterprise that requires new clothes" philosophy at all, but was a rather clear statement that you dress casually as a visible sign of your commitment to liberationist theology.

    Archive 2006-08-13

  • Rohrer himself is a kind of Thoreauvian game designer, a 31-year-old back-to-the-land programmer-philosopher who lives in Las Cruces, N.M., where he codes his eccentrically engrossing games, which can feel like digitally mediated poetic moods, on an ancient computer and makes them available free online.

    NYT > Technology

  • He was long dead by the time "Thoreauvian" became an adjective 1927, according to the Oxford English Dictionary.

    Dear Book Lover: Underappreciated Authors

  • "This lovely book, meticulously etched and based on impassioned but exacting scientific research, illustrate why Bernd Heinrich is generally regarded as the most truly Thoreauvian of modern natural history writers."

    Summer World by Bernd Heinrich: Book summary

  • Thoreauvian simple living: unelectrified, timeless tiny home

    Kirsten Dirksen: Abandoned Stable Now Water-independent, Off-grid, Family Dream Home (VIDEO)

  • Also, in her novel Moods, a young woman is caught in a love triangle with two men: an Emerson-like intellectual and a Thoreauvian naturalist named Adam Warwick who had a “massive head, covered with waves of ruddy brown hair, grey eyes that seemed to pierce through all disguises, and an eminent nose.”

    Louisa May Alcott

  • He had spent his boyhood in Concord, Massachusetts, imagining a Thoreauvian future for himself (he lived a short hike from Walden Pond); when he went to summer camp on an island in Maine, he knew where that future would be.

    Beyond the McIntosh

  • I admired the gesture, and appreciated its Thoreauvian allusions (did I just make up a word?), but I wondered if there was anything of merit for me in there.

    Jerusha Klemperer: No Impact Man and the Pursuit of Happiness

  • "Thoreauvian conservative," according to his idea of government, but I could just as well say "patriot" since I aspire to be counted among the

    OpEdNews - Diary: Something in a Name

  • I seem to be temperamentally averse to conferences: being around that many other people stirs my Inner Thoreauvian, and I find myself wanting to run away & live in a pond-side shack somewhere.

    Conference mornings


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