Henry David Thoreau

Biography of Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau (July 12, 1817 - May 6, 1862) (pronounced Thaw-roe) was an American author, poet, philosopher, abolitionist, naturalist and historian. He is perhaps best known for his book Walden, a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings, and his essay Civil Disobedience, an argument for an individual's responsibility in determining if their government's position is immoral or unjust. He was a contemporary and close friend of famous poet and writer Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Lectures describing Thoreau's views expressed in his book Walden and his essay Civil Disobedience.

A lecture on Henry David Thoreau's Walden given by Professor Annette Woodlief at Virginia Commonwealth University

A brief biography of Henry David Thoreau.

A historical description of Thoreau’s experience at Walden Pond and how it influenced his book titled “Walden.”

Actor Mark Ruffalo reads Henry David Thoreau's 1849 essay, “Civil Disobedience.” Part of a reading of Voices of a People’s History of the United States (Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove) at All Saints Church in Pasadena, CA on Feb 1, 2007.

An excerpt from Thoreau’s essay “Life without Principle”

Poems by Henry David Thoreau

Though All the Fates By Henry David Thoreau

in Famous Life Poems

Though All the Fates

Though all the fates should prove unkind,
Leave not your native land behind.
The ship, becalmed, at length stands still;
The steed must rest beneath the hill;...

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Pray to What Earth By Henry David Thoreau

in Famous Nature Poems

Pray to What Earth

Pray to what earth does this sweet cold belong,
Which asks no duties and no conscience?
The moon goes up by leaps, her cheerful path
In some far summer stratum of the sky,...

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Quotes by Henry David Thoreau

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