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The Life And Writings Of Henry David Thoreau

Updated on September 9, 2013
Henry David Thoreau
Henry David Thoreau

Quick Facts

  • Name: Henry David Thoreau
  • Born: July 12, 1817
  • Birthplace: Concord, Massachusetts
  • Died: May 6, 1862 (tuberculosis)
  • Best Known Work: Walden, or, Life in the Woods, Civil Disobedience

Henry David Thoreau was a philosopher, essayist, poet, pacifist, naturalist, and writer who believed in living simply. He is regarded as one of America's most important 19th century literary figures.

"Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake." - Henry D. Thoreau

Thoreau is famous for his writing about nature and philosophy of life. He wrote philosophical essays in which he criticized social institutions and celebrated nature and individualism. Thoreau was a man who expressed his beliefs of society, government, and mankind while living under his own self-criticism. He is best known for his time spent at Walden Pond and his work Walden; or, Life in the Woods, which chronicles his experiment in simple, self-sufficient living.

"Our life is frittered away by detail... Simplify, simplify, simplify! ... Simplicity of life and elevation of purpose." - Henry D. Thoreau

The Complete Works of H. D. Thoreau

The complete online collection of Henry David Thoreau's works can be found here -

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