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He observed that squirrels often carry nuts far from the tree from which they fell to create stashes. The book drew from a boating trip he took with his brother John in For a time, Thoreau lived with Emerson as a caretaker for his home.

That could be a textbook passage for teaching the way a great writer manipulates the English language. Not really—or perhaps not only—the book is, in fact, remarkably complex.

Thoreau rose to defend him with the speech "A Plea for Capt.

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A little bread or a few potatoes would have done as well, with less trouble and filth. Another example of this fact would be the fact that the railroad is clearly visible from Walden Pond. Intricate and challenging in its arguments, yet engagingly and elegantly written, The Environmental Imagination is a major work of scholarship, one that establishes a new basis for reading American nature writing.

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Editor Bill McKibben on American Earth: Environmental Writing Since Thoreau As America and the world grapple with the consequences of global environmental change, writer and activist Bill McKibben offers this unprecedented, inspiring, and timely anthology gathering the best and most significant American environmental writing from the last two centuries. And Emerson gave Thoreau access to the lands that would inspire one of his greatest works. He processed everything he read, in the local laboratory of his Concord experience. Critics have called him heterosexual, homosexual , or asexual. With Thoreau's Walden as a touchstone, Buell gives us a far-reaching account of environmental perception, the place of nature in the history of western thought, and the consequences for literary scholarship of attempting to imagine a more "ecocentric" way of being. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. The next day Thoreau was freed when someone, likely to have been his aunt, paid the tax, against his wishes. The book was a modest success, but it wasn't until much later that the book reached a larger audience. Thanks for watching! Through Emerson, he became exposed to Transcendentalism, a school of thought that emphasized the importance of empirical thinking and of spiritual matters over the physical world. Published in , Walden; or, Life in the Woods espoused living a life close to nature. He clearly was thinking about simplicity in the face of the increasing complexity of modern life. When his aunt Louisa asked him in his last weeks if he had made his peace with God, Thoreau responded, "I did not know we had ever quarreled. Whereas his own country had had its revolution, in Canada history had failed to turn. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms, and, if it proved to be mean, why then to get the whole and genuine meanness of it, and publish its meanness to the world; or if it were sublime, to know it by experience, and be able to give a true account of it in my next excursion.

Project support for this volume was provided by the Gould Family Foundation. Nature and human existence[ edit ] Most of the luxuries and many of the so-called comforts of life are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind. And Emerson gave Thoreau access to the lands that would inspire one of his greatest works.

Paul and Mackinac Island. When his aunt Louisa asked him in his last weeks if he had made his peace with God, Thoreau responded, "I did not know we had ever quarreled.

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He credited the squirrel for performing a "great service Hoar 's expulsion from Carolina, his own imprisonment in Concord Jail for refusal to pay his tax, Mr. He is scholar in residence at Middlebury College. Later, Thoreau converted the pencil factory to produce plumbago, a name for graphite at the time, which was used in the electrotyping process. He spent more than two years there. In fact, he wrote over pages about his first year in residence there and then he recorded his second year at Walden in a single sentence. He had tuberculosis, which he had contracted decades earlier.
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