Autobiographical Works

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Sprache - Englisch

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Within the pages of 'Autobiographical Works', one encounters the quintessential collection of Henry David Thoreau's most revered writings, traversing from the reflective 'Walden' to the contemplative 'Walking' and beyond. Thoreau's literary style is marked by a profound lyricism and a philosophical bent that delves deep into the human relationship with nature and society. Rendered in prose that ranges from the serenely descriptive to the ardently polemic, this collection provides not only a panorama of Thoreau's personal journey but also a critical lens on the intellectual and cultural milieu of 19th-century America. His works serve as foundational texts within the Transcendentalist movement, encapsulating the zeitgeist which declared the primacy of the individual conscience and the inviolable sanctity of the natural world.

Henry David Thoreau was not simply an author but a multifaceted beacon of American thought. His forays into philosophy, natural history, and social criticism were spurred by an irrepressible quest for truth and a staunch resistance to the status quo. These writings are the fruit of a life steeped in contemplation and civil disobedience, and shaped by his associations with figures like Ralph Waldo Emerson, coupled with his erudite command of classical literature and deep reverence for the environment. Thoreau's work was a clarion call to recognize the distortions of an industrializing society and to return to a more harmonious and introspective way of life.

'Readers seeking solace in nature, or who wish to explore the depths of personal conscience against the backdrop of society, will find 'Autobiographical Works' a timeless companion. It is a work that enjoins us to ponder, to wander, and to imagine a life unencumbered by the superfluous. Scholars and lay readers alike will draw from Thoreau's introspective wisdom—a wisdom that compels us to confront the essence of what it means to live deliberately and authentically, revealing the profound in the everyday. It's an essential read for those who yearn to understand the roots of contemporary environmental thought and the early stirrings of civil rights activism.


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Henry David Thoreau, born on July 12, 1817, in Concord, Massachusetts, stands as a towering figure in American literature and philosophy. A graduate of Harvard University, Thoreau sought to live a life of simplicity and self-sufficiency which he famously chronicled in 'Walden; or, Life in the Woods', published in 1854. Thoreau's contributions to autobiographical literature, notably in works such as 'Walden', paint a reflective and critical vision of society and individual existence. His ruminative prose straddles the fine line between enviable isolation and social critique, offering a stirring contemplation on the human experience and our interface with the natural world. Thoreau's writing is characteristic of the Transcendentalist movement, which espoused a close relationship with nature and an emphasis on personal intuition over societal conformity. His advocacy for civil liberties and staunch opposition to slavery manifested in lesser-known essays such as 'Civil Disobedience' which influenced global leaders, from Gandhi to Martin Luther King Jr. Thoreau passed away on May 6, 1862, but his literary and philosophical legacy endures, encouraging readers to chart a course towards a deliberate life imbued with purpose and attunement to the natural environment.

Produkt Details

Verlag: DigiCat

Genre: Sprache - Englisch

Sprache: English

Umfang: 1511 Seiten

Größe: 6,1 MB

ISBN: 8596547397427

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