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Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

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In September 1842, Nathaniel Hawthorne noted this social encounter in his journal: "Mr. Thorow dined with us yesterday. He is a singular character---a young man with much of wild original nature still remaining in him; and so far as he is sophisticated, it is in a way and method of his own. He is mostrar mais as ugly as sin, long-nosed, queer-mouthed, and with uncouth and somewhat rustic, although courteous manners, corresponding very well with such an exterior. But his ugliness is of an honest and agreeable fashion, and becomes him much better than beauty. On the whole, I find him a healthy and wholesome man to know." Most responses to Thoreau are as ambiguously respectful as was Hawthorne's. Thoreau was neither an easy person to like nor an easy writer to read. Thoreau described himself as a mystic, a Transcendentalist, and a natural philosopher. He is a writer of essays about nature---not of facts about it but of his ideals and emotions in its presence. His wish to understand nature led him to Walden Pond, where he lived from 1845 to 1847 in a cabin that he built. Though he was an educated man with a Harvard degree, fluent in ancient and modern German, he preferred to study nature by living "a life of simplicity, independence, magnanimity, and trust." Knowing this, we should beware of misreading the book that best reflected this great experience in Thoreau's life: Walden; or, Life in the Woods (1854). It is not a handbook of the simple life. Though there are elements in the book of a "whole-earth catalogue" mentality, to focus on the radical "economic" aspects of Thoreau's work is to miss much in the book. Nor is it an autobiography. The right way to read Walden is as a "transcendental" narrative prose poem, whose hero is a man named Henry, a modern Odysseus in search of a "true America." Thoreau left Walden Pond on September 6, 1846, exactly two years, two months, and two days after he had settled there. As he explained in the pages of Walden: "I left the woods for as good a reason as I went to live there. Perhaps it seemed to me that I had several more lives to live, and could not spare any more time for that one." Growth, change, and development were essential to his character. One should not overlook the significance of his selecting July 4 as the day for taking possession of his residence at Walden Pond, a day that celebrates the establishment of a new government whose highest ideal is individual freedom. In terms of Thoreau's redefinition of the nation-idea, "the only true America" is that place where one may grow wild according to one's nature, where one may "enjoy the land, but own it not." Thoreau believed that each person should live according to individual conscience, willing to oppose the majority if necessary. An early proponent of nonviolent resistance, he was jailed briefly for refusing to pay his poll tax to support the Mexican War and the slave system that had promoted that war. His essay "On Civil Disobedience" (1849), which came from this period of passive resistance, was acknowledged by Mahatma Gandhi (who read it in a South African jail) as the basis for his campaign to free India. Martin Luther King, Jr. later attributed to Thoreau and Gandhi the inspiration for his leadership in the civil rights movement in the United States. Thoreau contracted tuberculosis in 1835 and suffered from it sporadically afterwards. His health declined over three years with brief periods of remission, until he eventually became bedridden. Recognizing the terminal nature of his disease, Thoreau spent his last years revising and editing his unpublished works, particularly The Maine Woods and Excursions, and petitioning publishers to print revised editions of A Week and Walden. He died on May 6, 1862 at age 44. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos

Obras de Henry David Thoreau

Walden (1854) — Autor — 14,006 cópias
Walden / Civil Disobedience (1849) 7,601 cópias
A Desobediência Civil (1849) 1,570 cópias
Walden and Other Writings (1854) 1,475 cópias
Walking (1862) 903 cópias
The Portable Thoreau (1947) 849 cópias
Cape Cod (1865) 775 cópias
The Maine Woods (1950) 760 cópias
Walden and other writings (1993) 745 cópias
Thoreau: On Man and Nature (1960) 416 cópias
Collected Essays and Poems (2001) 349 cópias
Walden and Other Writings (1937) 321 cópias
The Journal, 1837–1861 (2001) 312 cópias
The Natural History Essays (1980) 142 cópias
Letters to a Spiritual Seeker (2004) 140 cópias
Reflections at Walden (1968) 140 cópias
Walden and Other Writings (1981) 133 cópias
Henry David's House (2002) 132 cópias
Excursions (1863) 131 cópias
Works of Henry David Thoreau (1981) 105 cópias
Civil Disobedience / Reading (1995) — Autor — 94 cópias
Life Without Principle (1863) 72 cópias
Wild Apples (1923) 63 cópias
Autumnal Tints (1900) 59 cópias
Thoreau on Birds (1964) 56 cópias
Men of Concord (1936) 52 cópias
Walden (1990) 49 cópias
Canoeing in the Wilderness (1864) 47 cópias
Thoughts from Walden Pond (1998) 43 cópias
Friendship and Other Essays (1920) 43 cópias
The Illuminated Walden (1714) 40 cópias
A Yankee in Canada (1866) 35 cópias
Thoreau's Wildflowers (2016) 33 cópias
Thoreau's animals (2017) 33 cópias
Material Faith: Thoreau on Science (1999) — Autor — 31 cópias
The Quotable Thoreau (2011) 31 cópias
Thoreau in the Mountains (1982) 31 cópias
Thoreau: Political Writings (1996) 26 cópias
The River (1963) 25 cópias
Un paseo invernal (2014) 24 cópias
Thoreau: The Major Essays (1972) 18 cópias
Summer (2017) 16 cópias
Ktaadn (1848) 16 cópias
Essays, journals, and poems (1975) 15 cópias
A Year in the Woods (2017) 13 cópias
Letters to various persons (1865) 12 cópias
Friendship (1900) 11 cópias
Walden and Other Writings (2010) 9 cópias
Slavery in Massachusetts (2008) 9 cópias
Musketaquid (2014) 8 cópias
The Works of Thoreau (1946) 8 cópias
A Winter Walk (1843) 7 cópias
Journal, Volume 3 (1992) 7 cópias
Ascoltare gli alberi (2018) 5 cópias
Volar : apuntes sobre aves (2016) 5 cópias
Lob der Wildnis (2013) 5 cópias
Journal, Volume 5 (1997) 5 cópias
Henry David Thoreau Selected Writings (1958) — Autor — 5 cópias
Thoreau's New England (2007) 5 cópias
Diarios. Breve antología. (2002) 4 cópias
Voisins animaux (2020) 4 cópias
Journal, Volume 6 (2000) 4 cópias
El Diario - Volumen Ii (2017) 4 cópias
Walden and Selected Essays (1992) 4 cópias
Sivil Itaatsizlik (2015) 3 cópias
American Fields and Forests (1909) 3 cópias
Leben aus den Wurzeln. (1992) 3 cópias
Poemas (2018) 3 cópias
Sir Walter Raleigh (2007) 3 cópias
Nature and Walking (2011) 3 cópias
Thoreau on writing (1989) 3 cópias
Pensées sauvages (2017) 3 cópias
Sept Jours sur le fleuve (2012) 3 cópias
Poems of Nature 3 cópias
El gran invierno (2021) 3 cópias
Kolme matkaa erämaahan (2014) 2 cópias
The New Walden 2 cópias
Primavera 2 cópias
Vida salvaje, La (2016) 2 cópias
Histoire de moi-même (2017) 2 cópias
Til naturen (2017) 2 cópias
Toulky přírodou (2010) 2 cópias
An Excursion to Canada (2012) 2 cópias
Night and Moonlight (2013) 2 cópias
WALDEN And Other Stories (1937) 2 cópias
Tagebuch I (German Edition) (2015) 2 cópias
Journal 1844-1846 (2014) 2 cópias
Journal, 1837-1852 (2002) 2 cópias
Essais (2007) 2 cópias
The service (2021) 2 cópias
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Deník (2020) 1 exemplar(es)
La vida en los bosques 1 exemplar(es)
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A desobediência civil 1 exemplar(es)
Week of the Concord 1 exemplar(es)
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American writers series 1 exemplar(es)
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The Essential Thoreau (2008) 1 exemplar(es)
O obywatelskim nieposłuszeństwie (2016) 1 exemplar(es)
Życie bez zasad : eseje 1 exemplar(es)
Huckleberries (1970) 1 exemplar(es)
Sem título 1 exemplar(es)
The Writings VI (2016) 1 exemplar(es)
An Ideal 1 exemplar(es)
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On walking (Little blue book) (1924) 1 exemplar(es)
Thoreau's Journals — Autor — 1 exemplar(es)
Walden, Volume 2 (2010) 1 exemplar(es)
Vaellus vuorelle ja muita esseitä (2007) 1 exemplar(es)
Thoreau's Thumbnail Walden (2000) 1 exemplar(es)
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La nuit et le clair de lune (2003) 1 exemplar(es)
Cape Cod & the Maine Woods (2003) 1 exemplar(es)
Passejades (2000) 1 exemplar(es)
A Walk to Land's End 1 exemplar(es)
The Landlord (2015) 1 exemplar(es)
In Praise of Walking (2018) 1 exemplar(es)
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Summer (misfiled) 1 exemplar(es)
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Selected Writings of the American Transcendentalists (1966) — Contribuinte — 62 cópias
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Classic Essays in English (1961) — Contribuinte — 22 cópias
The Penguin Book of the Ocean (2010) — Contribuinte — 20 cópias
Constructing Nature: Readings from the American Experience (1996) — Contribuinte — 17 cópias
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Thoreau, David Henry
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Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Concord, Massachusetts, USA
Local de nascimento
Concord, Massachusetts, USA
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Concord, Massachusetts, USA
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Concord, Massachusetts, USA
New York, New York, USA
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Henry David Thoreau (July 12, 1817 – May 6, 1862) was an American essayist, poet, and philosopher. A leading transcendentalist, he is best known for his book Walden, a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings, and his essay "Civil Disobedience" (originally published as "Resistance to Civil Government"), an argument for disobedience to an unjust state.

Thoreau's books, articles, essays, journals, and poetry amount to more than 20 volumes. Among his lasting contributions are his writings on natural history and philosophy, in which he anticipated the methods and findings of ecology and environmental history, two sources of modern-day environmentalism. His literary style interweaves close observation of nature, personal experience, pointed rhetoric, symbolic meanings, and historical lore, while displaying a poetic sensibility, philosophical austerity, and attention to practical detail. He was also deeply interested in the idea of survival in the face of hostile elements, historical change, and natural decay; at the same time he advocated abandoning waste and illusion in order to discover life's true essential needs.

He was a lifelong abolitionist, delivering lectures that attacked the Fugitive Slave Law while praising the writings of Wendell Phillips and defending the abolitionist John Brown. Thoreau's philosophy of civil disobedience later influenced the political thoughts and actions of such notable figures as Leo Tolstoy, Mahatma Gandhi, and Martin Luther King Jr.

Thoreau is sometimes referred to as an anarchist. Though "Civil Disobedience" seems to call for improving rather than abolishing government—"I ask for, not at once no government, but at once a better government"—the direction of this improvement contrarily points toward anarchism: "'That government is best which governs not at all;' and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which they will have."



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Nesse ensaio o autor aborda a resistência a ações imorais ou injustas do governo e faz uma crítica à democracia representativa.
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