Here is the true story of one of America's greatest adventures. On the surface it seemed simple enough-to live alone in a hunt in the woods for a near and a half. But when he undertook this challenge in 1845, Henry David Thoreau was not merely testing his ability to live off the land. By escaping civilization, with all its rules and customs and conventions, he hoped to clear his mind for some very serious thinking. Thoreau's fascinating, detailed accoun t of his sojourn on the shores of Walden Pond brings alive a whole world-fish and birds, trees and crops, sun and stars and seasons, all viewed through the prism of Thoreau's probing, restless mind. Not content to observe, he wrestled with the meaning of what he saw around him. Seeking solitude, Thoreau found intellectual freedom. While you may not agree with all of the answers he found, this exploration will surely spur you to seek some answers of your own. About The Author: Henry Thoreau lived and died in Concord, Massachusetts, yet he led a richer life than most world travelers. He was an independent sprit, concerned only with having time to write and meditate. Educated at Concord Academy and Academy and Harvard University, he had constant contact with some of his era's greatest thinkers and writers. Among these was the influential Ralph WaldoEmerson, who encouraged Thoreau's writing and helped to publish his poetry and essays. Emerson offered Thoreau some land by Concord's Walden Pond for use in an experiment in self-sufficient living. Thoreau's journal of the two-year sojourn, begun July 4, 1845, later served as the basis for his masterpiece , Walden. His other great works include the essays "Civil Disobedience", "Life Without Principle"and "Walking." Few of Thoreau's works were published in his lifetime, and he eked out a living working for the Emersons.
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