The Adventures of Henry Thoreau: A Young Man’s Unlikely Path to Walden Pond

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Most people only know Henry David Thoreau through his works Walden and Civil Disobedience, without any sense of what brought him to the Transcendentalist movement or what life events inspired his quest to realize Walden Pond as his idyllic retreat. Who was the young Thoreau, and how did he become the man whose works grace so many English classes?

The Adventures of Henry Thoreau is the much-needed prequel that fills in the inspiration and stories behind his most famous works, presenting not the roaming philosopher most students know, but the young man who struggled to find his place, who lost his brother, and whose journey took him from local curiosity to miscreant, pariah, and luminary.

This is Thoreau as the eternal oddity, and it serves as a wonderful complementary work to the collection of Thoreau’s personal letters that was released a few months ago. Michael Sims offers invaluable context to decisions and ideas that have probably stumped schoolchildren for decades, helping to add significant pieces to the puzzle that is Thoreau.

I expect to see The Adventures of Henry Thoreau on school reading lists very soon.

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Star Count 4/5
Format Hard
Page Count 273 pages
Publisher Bloomsbury
Publish Date 2014-Feb-18
ISBN 9781620401958 Buy this Book
Issue May 2014
Category Biographies & Memoirs


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