By William E. Cain
As an essayist, thinker, ex-pencil producer, infamous hermit, tax protester, and all-around unique philosopher, Thoreau led so singular a lifestyles that he's in many ways an ideal candidate for the ancient and biographical remedies made attainable through the ancient courses to American Authors sequence structure. William E. Cain, the quantity editor, contains contributions on his dating with nineteenth century authority and ideas of the land, which can assist the volume's succeed in past those that learn Thoreau for illumination to these basic readers who love him for embodying the spirit of yankee uprising.
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Extra resources for A Historical Guide to Henry David Thoreau (Historical Guides to American Authors)
Thoreau thus was at Walden embarked on a sustained writing project. At one juncture, he was working simultaneously on the first draft of Walden, the second draft of A Week, and the draft of his trip to Maine that became the first essay in the posthumous book The Maine Woods (Adams and Ross, Mythologies, 2). Thoreau wrote regularly in his journal as well, which was itself a crafted text that he shaped from notes, drafts, and jottings. In Walden Thoreau chooses not to divulge how much time he spent at his writing desk, but he was at Walden less of a sojourner in nature than he was a maker of books, an indefatigable writer who was always writing.
More than 100 communities, many religious, some secular, were founded in the period between the Revolution and the Civil War. The most common were the thirty or more across the country that subscribed to the tenets of the French socialist Charles Fourier and his American translator and disciple Albert Brisbane. The largest of these was Red Bank, New Jersey (with a peak membership of 125-150 persons), with seven others clustered in northern Pennsylvania and still more scattered elsewhere in the East and Midwest.
Thoreau's cabin at Walden has been called a Utopia of one, in order both to connect it to, and to differentiate it from, the Utopian enterprises elsewhere in the country. Two were under way nearby: Brook Farm, begun in April 1841, with Hawthorne as one of its first residents—he would recall his experiences, buoyant at first but soon jaded, in his novel The Blithedale Romance (1852); and Fruitlands, in Harvard, Massachusetts, not far from Concord, where Alcott and his family and a few soulmates dwelled with little success from mid- to late 1844.