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The author of the book: Henry David Thoreau
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Edition: Princeton University Press
Date of issue: March 21st 1976
ISBN 13: 9780691062860
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This collection of fifty-three early pieces by Thoreau represents the full range of his youthful imagination. Collected, arranged, and carefully edited for the first time here, the writings date from 1828 to 1852 and cover a broad range of subjects: learning, morals, literature, history, politics, and love. Included is a major essay on Sir Walter Raleigh that was not published during the author's lifetime and a fragmentary college piece here published for the first time. Titles of essays published in the volume are given below.
Early Essays The Seasons Anxieties and Delights of a Discoverer Men Whose Pursuit Is Money Of Keeping a Private Journal "We Are Apt to Become What Others . . . Think Us to Be" Forms, Ceremonies, and Restraints of Polite Society A Man of Business, a Man of Pleasure, a Man of the World Musings Kinds of Energetic Character Privileges and Pleasures of a Literary Man Severe and Mild Punishments Popular Feeling Style May . . . Offend against Simplicity The Book of the Seasons Sir Henry Vane Literary Digressions Foreign Influence on American Literature Life and Works of Sir W. Scott The Love of Stories Cultivation of the Imagination The Greek Classic Poets The Meaning of "Fate" Whether the Government Ought to Educate Travellers & Inhabitants History . . . of the Roman Republic A Writer's Nationality and Individual Genius L'Allegro & Il Penseroso All Men Are Mad The Speeches of Moloch & the Rest People of Different Sections Gaining or Exercising Public Influence Titles of Books Sublimity The General Obligation "to Tell the Truth""Being Content with Common Reasons" The Duty, Inconvenience and Dangers of "Conformity"Moral Excellence Barbarities of Civilized States T. Pomponius Atticus Class Book Autobiography "The Commercial Spirit of Modern Times"
Miscellanies DIED . . . Miss Anna Jones Aulus Persius Flaccus The Laws of Menu Sayings of Confucius Dark Ages Chinese Four Books Homer. Ossian. Chaucer. Hermes Trismegistus . . . From the Gulistan of Saadi Sir Walter Raleigh Thomas Carlyle and His Works Love Chastity & Sensuality
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Read information about the authorHenry David Thoreau (born David Henry Thoreau) was an American author, naturalist, transcendentalist, tax resister, development critic, philosopher, and abolitionist who is best known for Walden, a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings, and his essay, Civil Disobedience, an argument for individual resistance to civil government in moral opposition to an unjust state.
Thoreau's books, articles, essays, journals, and poetry total over 20 volumes. Among his lasting contributions were 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.
In 1817, Henry David Thoreau was born in Massachusetts. He graduated from Harvard University in 1837, taught briefly, then turned to writing and lecturing. Becoming a Transcendentalist and good friend of Emerson, Thoreau lived the life of simplicity he advocated in his writings. His two-year experience in a hut in Walden, on land owned by Emerson, resulted in the classic, Walden: Life in the Woods (1854). During his sojourn there, Thoreau refused to pay a poll tax in protest of slavery and the Mexican war, for which he was jailed overnight. His activist convictions were expressed in the groundbreaking On the Duty of Civil Disobedience (1849). In a diary he noted his disapproval of attempts to convert the Algonquins "from their own superstitions to new ones." In a journal he noted dryly that it is appropriate for a church to be the ugliest building in a village, "because it is the one in which human nature stoops to the lowest and is the most disgraced." (Cited by James A. Haught in 2000 Years of Disbelief.) When Parker Pillsbury sought to talk about religion with Thoreau as he was dying from tuberculosis, Thoreau replied: "One world at a time."
Thoreau's philosophy of nonviolent resistance influenced the political thoughts and actions of such later figures as Leo Tolstoy, Mohandas K. Gandhi, and Martin Luther King, Jr. D. 1862.
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