in Cooperation with the Thoreau
The Thoreau Reader
Annotated works of Henry David Thoreau
"The greater part of what my neighbors call good I believe in my
soul to be bad, and if I repent of anything, it is very likely to be my
good behavior. What demon possessed me that I behaved so well?"
Walden - Thoreau's 1845 experiment in living well, with old and new photos, Henry's survey of Walden, the Walden Express, a brief history of Walden, and a report on "progress" at the pond.
The Maine Woods - Three excursions to Maine in the 1840's and 50's, an attempt to climb Maine's tallest mountain, and on the last trip, a very smart Indian.
Cape Cod - Four trips to the Cape from 1849 to 1857 are narrated as a single visit; with a walk along the outer banks. This is Thoreau's funniest book.
A Yankee in Canada - An 1850 visit to Canada: Henry likes the scenery, but is not impressed by pageantry.
Civil Disobedience - Thoreau's influential 1849 essay on following your own conscience.
Life without Principle - In 1854, Thoreau railed against a culture whose primary focus is financial.
Slavery in Massachusetts - Also in 1854, Thoreau attacked the support of slavery in his home state.
A Plea for Captain John Brown - Brown tried to ignite a slave rebellion; Thoreau responded in 1859.
Succession of Forest Trees - 1860: "Convince me that you have a seed ... I am prepared to expect wonders."
Walking - 1862: Thoreau describes "wildness" as a treasure to be preserved, rather than plundered.
|• Why did Thoreau live in the woods? - A quick answer|
|• Who He Was & Why He Matters - An introduction by Randall Conrad|
|• In New Jersey, Thoreau lectures, and completes his largest surveying job - Wayne T. Dilts|
|• Thoreau’s First Year at Walden in Fact & Fiction - by Richard Smith|
|• Photographs of Walden Pond and the cabin site: Walden Pond - Past & Present|
|• Out of the Woods: How I Found My Muse at Walden Pond - from Lizbeth Finn-Arnold|
|• Ralph Waldo Emerson, Robert Louis Stevenson, John Burroughs: Three Thoreaus|
|• Thoreau Transforms His Journal into “Slavery in Massachusetts” - by Sandra Petrulionis|
|• The development of Thoreau's View of Science - by Nina Baym|
|• Genius Ignored - a detailed biography of Henry Thoreau by Lucius Furius|
|• The Emerson-Thoreau Correspondence: The Dial Period - Emerson in Europe - F. B. Sanborn|
|• The Theory, Practice, & Influence of Thoreau's Civil Disobedience - by Lawrence Rosenwald|
|• George Willis Cooke, in 1896, discovered The Two Thoreaus|
|• Henry Thoreau & "Civil Disobedience" by Wendy McElroy|
|• What did Henry look like? Images of Thoreau from words and pictures|
|• The Hawthornes on Thoreau - descriptions from both Nathaniel and Julian Hawthorne|
|• From Randall Conrad: "A Sylvan Appearance": Woodplay in The Maine Words|
|• Castles of Sand: Thoreau on the Seashore - a Cape Cod introduction by Leila Hatch|
|• Selected Thoreau entries from Bronson Alcott's Journals, from 1848 to 1862|
|• Thoreau's Lecturing Career & Thoreau's Reception as a Lecturer - by Bradley P. Dean|
|• From Victor Carl Friesen: Thoreau's Nature as Incessant Miracle|
|• Ellery Channing Remembers Thoreau: excerpts from Thoreau, the Poet-Naturalist|
|• Rod Giblett sees Henry Thoreau as A "Patron Saint" of Swamps|
|• Where Thoreau Practiced Self-Resistance & Ate Squirrels - W. Barksdale Maynard|
|• 1928 Pulitzer Prize: Thoreau: Transcendental Economist - Vernon L. Parrington|
|• Poetry on Henry - poems written about or inspired by Henry Thoreau|
|• Winnie-the-Pooh a Transcendentalist? Jason Arbaugh-Twitty's Pooh of Walden Pond|
|• Henry David Thoreau & the Hard Boiled Dick - by Lonnie Willis|
|• Ron Harton sees Henry Thoreau as a Model for Nature Writing|
|• HDT/TV - Henry on a mid 19th century talk show, from Lucius Furius|
|• Randall Conrad: Machine in the Wetland: Re-imagining Thoreau's Plumbago-Grinder|
|• American Transcendentalism by Ian Frederick Finseth, with links to related sites|
|• From Sandra Petrulionis - Mad Dogs & Escaped Pigs: Thoreau as Storyteller in the Journal|
|• Transcendental Ethos: Thoreau’s Philosophy & Antebellum Reform - Michael J. Frederick|
|• Bronson Alcott's 1862 tribute to his dying friend: The Forester|
|• Essay Before a Sonata: Thoreau - by composer Charles Ives|
|• Thoreau's Way from Emerson to Thoreau: The Gesture of Self-Naming - Albena Bakratcheva|
|• One Less Accountant - Can a book change someone's life? - from Rockford E. Toews|
|• Thirty-one years after the event, Robert Collyer remembers when Thoreau visited Chicago|
|• Pantheist Prophet: Henry David Thoreau - by Harold W. Wood, Jr.|
|• Wayne Dilts follows in the footsteps of E.B. White: Walden Pond: A First Visitation|
|• A Thoreau Chronology - compiled by Bradley P. Dean|
|• Henry reports on a disaster - Thoreau and the Wreck of the St. John|
|• Walden, The Place - from prehistoric times to the present - by Ronald Wesley Hoag|
|• From Alfred I. Tauber - Henry Thoreau As a Mirror of Ourselves|
|• Selected Thoreau quotes, mostly from Walden, with links to the source of each quote|
|• Don't like Thoreau? Joshua W. Caldwell agreed with you in 1891- Ten Volumes of Thoreau|
|• Chinese Philosophy In America: How It Influenced Thoreau - by Linda Brown Holt|
|• Daniel S. Malachuk describes Thoreau’s Maine: “A Still More Perfect and Glorious State”|
|• The "Domestic Air" of Wilderness: Henry Thoreau & Joe Polis in the Maine Woods|
| • Thoreau's Journal was a central
of his writing process - this still can work for us today