Henry Thoreau in 1856
      
  A Project in Cooperation with the Thoreau Society
 
 
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?"
 
Books:
 
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.
              
 
Essays:
 
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.



More about Henry Thoreau:
 


  •  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 part of his writing process - this still can work for us today
   

   
 
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