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Henry David Thoreau was born in 1817 in Concord, Massachusetts. He spent time as a school teacher after attending Harvard College but was dismissed for his refusal to administer corporal punishment. In 1845, wanting to write his first book, he moved to Walden Pond and built his cabin on land owned by Ralph Waldo Emerson. It was during his time at Walden that Thoreau was imprisoned briefly for not paying taxes; this experience became the basis for his well-known essay "Civil Disobedience." He died of tuberculosis in 1862 at the age of 44.
I was pretty disappointed when I received Walking in the mail. I suppose I hadn't realized it was based on an excerpt from Walden on the art of walking and sauntering. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Ryland Pietras
I read this essay at the recommendation of a friend. It is a good book especially about the idea of walking in nature. Nothing better than to. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Stanley Turner
Classic Thoreau! Opinionated, passionate, committed to nature and living life outdoors! Short, but great!Published 1 month ago by Jeffery A. Higgins
Great classic work by Thoreau. Lots of anachronisms...
I read selections at my grandfather's funeral. Some good passages.
It's a classic, one of the first essays, albeit a long one, on the power of nature.Published 1 month ago by C. Symington
O to have such a simple life of wandering, and yet Thoreau glimpses just enough wisdom to show the way even in today's harried pace. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ash