Henry David Thoreau

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A brief introduction:

Picture of Henry David Thoreau Henry David Thoreau - American essayist, philosopher, poet, pacifist, individualist

  • Born: July 12, 1817
  • Birthplace: Concord, Massachusetts
  • Died: May 6, 1862 (tuberculosis)
  • Best Known Work: Walden, Civil Disobedience, Journal...

Henry D. Thoreau is one of America's most important 19th century literary figures. He is famous for the literary excellence of his nature and political writings and best known for his time spent at Walden Pond and the work that came out of that experience - Walden, or, Life in the Woods.

Thoreau was a man full of dreams and ideals, writing about nature and philosophy of life. He spoke out on many social issues such as peace, living simply, abolishing slavery, and was a vigorous advocate of civil liberties. He is regarded as one of America's most influential writers.

"To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts, nor even to found a school, but so to love wisdom as to live according to its dictates, a life of simplicity, independence, magnanimity, and trust."
- Henry D. Thoreau