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Henry David Thoreau

(1817-1862)

American Author
The first hippie

Concord, Massachusetts, was both the birthplace and the center of the life of this Harvard University graduate.

The father of this famous writer was... a pencils manufacturer.

In 1835 Thoreau contracted tuberculosis and suffered from it all his life, and eventually died at Concord of tuberculosis.

Thoreau's wit is to encourage disobediance to unjust laws. Father of the passive resistance philosophy, he later inspired Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr..

Why did Thoreau lived this life of hermit ? :

"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived."


How individuals should break conformism and prejudice in the search of truth, is one of the important leitmotivs of his writings.


In Wild Fruits, a manuscript which surfaced only in 1999, Thoreau opposes strongly against the destruction of the wilderness around him.


His fascination for Nature is reflected in many of his works.

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Thoreau is best-known for his autobiographical story Walden (1854)
An extract of his introduction, called "Economy":

" When I wrote the following pages, or rather the bulk of them, I lived alone, in the woods, a mile from any neighbor, in a house which I had built myself, on the shore of Walden Pond, in Concord, Massachusetts, and earned my living by the labor of my hands only. "


Civil Desobedience (1849),Thoreau's most famous essay, was written after a short imprisonment in 1846.

Concord was also the place where Nathaniel Hawthorne settled with his wife in 1842.

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Henry David Thoreau

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