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The adventures of Henry Thoreau : a young man's unlikely path to Walden Pond, by Michael Sims

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The adventures of Henry Thoreau : a young man's unlikely path to Walden Pond
Title
The adventures of Henry Thoreau
Title remainder
a young man's unlikely path to Walden Pond
Statement of responsibility
by Michael Sims
Title variation
adventures of Henry Thoreau
Title variation remainder
a young mans unlikely path to Walden Pond
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Language
eng
Summary
In this profile, Michael Sims reveals how the bookish, quirky young man who kept quitting jobs evolved into an inspiration for environmentalism and nonviolent activism. Working from nineteenth-century letters and diaries by Thoreau's family, friends, and students, Sims charts Henry's course from his time at Harvard through the years he spent living in a cabin beside Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts. Sims uncovers a previously hidden Thoreau -- the rowdy boy reminiscent of Tom Sawyer, the sarcastic college iconoclast, the devoted son who kept imitating his beloved older brother's choices in life. Thoreau was deeply influenced by his parents -- his father owned a pencil factory in Concord, his mother was an abolitionist and social activist -- and by Ralph Waldo Emerson, his frequent mentor. Sims relates intimate, telling moments in Thoreau's daily life -- in Emerson's library; teaching his neighbor and friend, Nathaniel Hawthorne, to row a boat; exploring the natural world and Native American culture; tutoring Emerson's nephew on Staten Island and walking the streets of New York in the hope of launching a writing career. Returned from New York, Thoreau approached Emerson to ask if he could build a cabin on his mentor's land on the shores of Walden Pond, anticipating the isolation would galvanize his thoughts and actions. While at the cabin, he wrote his first book, A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers, and refined the journal entries that formed the core of Walden. Resisting what he felt were unfair taxes, he spent the night in jail that led to his celebrated essay "Civil Disobedience, " which would inspire the likes of Gandhi and Martin Luther King. Chronicling Thoreau's youthful transformation, Sims reveals how this decade would resonate over the rest of his life
Summary
"The Adventures of Henry Thoreau-chronicling the ten years in his life beginning with Harvard in 1837 and ending as he walked away from Walden Pond after living in his long dreamed-of cabin for only two years--tells the dramatic (and at times heartbreaking) story of how a troubled young man found a meaningful life in a tempestuous era"--
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Provided by publisher
Biography type
individual biography
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10277347
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DLC
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1958-
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Sims, Michael
Dewey number
  • 818/.309
  • B
Index
index present
LC call number
PS3053
LC item number
.S58 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • Thoreau, Henry David
  • Thoreau, Henry David
  • Thoreau, Henry
  • Authors, American
  • Naturalists
  • Authors, American
  • Naturalists
  • United States
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Literary
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
a young man's unlikely path to Walden Pond
Label
The adventures of Henry Thoreau : a young man's unlikely path to Walden Pond, by Michael Sims
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http://www.netread.com/jcusers2/bk1388/958/9781620401958/image/lgcover.9781620401958.jpg
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 351-360) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
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txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Overture: Dancing on the ice -- Behind the stars -- Seek your fortune -- More beautiful than useful -- Meadow River -- The new schoolmaster -- Savage brothers -- God and nature face to face -- How comic is simplicity -- We can teach you -- No remedy for love -- Give her a kiss for me -- My friend's little brother -- Log cabins and cider -- Melodies and inventions -- Near to the world of spirits -- Hawthorne's new boat -- A skating party -- Staten Island -- Fire -- A poor man's house -- Favored by the gods -- Death on the river -- Living fireworks -- Luncheon at the cabin -- My muse, my brother -- A night in jail -- Chaos and ancient night -- Coda: After the cabin
Control code
ocn854980518
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
x, 372 pages
Isbn
9781620401958
Lccn
2013031528
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) a491814
  • (OCoLC)854980518
Label
The adventures of Henry Thoreau : a young man's unlikely path to Walden Pond, by Michael Sims
Link
http://www.netread.com/jcusers2/bk1388/958/9781620401958/image/lgcover.9781620401958.jpg
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 351-360) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Overture: Dancing on the ice -- Behind the stars -- Seek your fortune -- More beautiful than useful -- Meadow River -- The new schoolmaster -- Savage brothers -- God and nature face to face -- How comic is simplicity -- We can teach you -- No remedy for love -- Give her a kiss for me -- My friend's little brother -- Log cabins and cider -- Melodies and inventions -- Near to the world of spirits -- Hawthorne's new boat -- A skating party -- Staten Island -- Fire -- A poor man's house -- Favored by the gods -- Death on the river -- Living fireworks -- Luncheon at the cabin -- My muse, my brother -- A night in jail -- Chaos and ancient night -- Coda: After the cabin
Control code
ocn854980518
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
x, 372 pages
Isbn
9781620401958
Lccn
2013031528
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) a491814
  • (OCoLC)854980518

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