- Paperback: 24 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 21, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1537050958
- ISBN-13: 978-1537050959
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.1 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,309,354 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Life Without Principle
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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. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Besides, Thoreau's presents a sophomoric thesis, which boils down roughly to this: "Commerce and politics - and even interest in commerce and politics - are soulless and debasing activities that dehumanize almost everyone." I write this as an admirer of Thoreau. He is a great stylist and thinker in other realms, but he has given little thought to problems of economics, scarcity, or poverty. Worse, and ironically, he puts a cramped view of human inspiration on display in this essay.