Read selected poems from Henry David Thoreau
One of America’s most famous writers, Henry David Thoreau was born on July 12th, 1817, in Concord, Massachusetts. After attending Harvard Thoreau befriended Ralph Waldo Emerson, who became his mentor and introduced him to Transcendentalism. From 1845 Thoreau began his two year stint at Walden Pond, this givng rise to his most famous work.
“While other writers from his time have faded into obscurity, Thoreau has endured because so much of what he wrote about is still relevant today. His writings on government were revolutionary, with some calling him an early anarchist. Thoreau’s studies of nature were equally radical in their own way, earning him the moniker of “father of environmentalism.” And his major work, Walden, has offered up an interesting antidote to living in the modern rat race.”
Henry David Thoreau died on May 6, 1862 of tuberculosis.