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America's Bachelor Uncle: Thoreau and the American Polity

America's Bachelor Uncle: Thoreau and the American Polity
by Bob Pepperman Taylor


The Transcendental Saunterer : Thoreau and the Search for Self

The Transcendental Saunterer : Thoreau and the Search for Self
by David Clyde Smith


The Environmental Imagination : Thoreau, Nature Writing, and the Formation of American Culture

The Environmental Imagination : Thoreau, Nature Writing, and the Formation of American Culture by Lawrence Buell

Henry David Thoreau  1817 - 1862

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Wild Fruits : Thoreau's Rediscovered Last Manuscript by Henry David Thoreau
The Thoreau Reader

Three complete books and four essays by Thoreau, annotated versions of Walden and Civil Disobedience, links to other Thoreau and Walden sites, and help for students on the Walden Express.


Thoreau, Walden, and the Environment

This Thoreau site maintains pages for:

The Thoreau Society (Literature and Philosophy)
The Walden Woods Project (Land Protection)
The Thoreau Institute (Research and Education)

With Overviews:

bulletThe Man
bulletThe Times
bulletHis Writings
bullet"Civil Disobedience"
bulletWalden, The Place
bulletThoreau and the Environment
bulletSelected Bibliography


A Brief Biography

From the Ecology Hall of Fame - "Seeking a quiet place to write, he followed a friend's suggestion and built a small cabin on the north shore of Walden Pond .... He started work on his cabin in March of 1845. On the 4th of July, he moved in. Thus began one of the great and lasting experiments in life and thought of the whole of human experience."


Life and Times of Henry D. Thoreau

Elizabeth Hall Witherell, with Elizabeth Dubrulle - "Thoreau considered the ownership of material possessions beyond the basic necessities of life to be an obstacle, rather than an advantage. He saw that most people measured their worth in terms of what they owned, and stood this common assumption on its head."


Henry David Thoreau Genealogy

A factual chart on Thoreau and his ancestors, using the ahnentafel numbering system.


Thoreau as Botanist

Ray Angelo - "During the early 1850s Thoreau's passion for recording flowering dates and leafing of woody plants dawns. He described the great lengths he went to at times to ascertain the exact date a particular flower opened -- 'running to different sides of the town and into neighboring towns, often between twenty and thirty miles in a day.'"


Writings from Concord: Henry David Thoreau

University of Toledo Libraries - "Soon after Thoreau’s death in 1862, friends, admirers, and critics sought to shape and define the Concordian’s image through books and other publications. By the end of the nineteenth-century, Thoreau and his works were much more popular and widely-known than when he was alive."


The Writings of Henry David Thoreau

A critical edition of Thoreau's writing, sponsored in part by the NEH, an independent federal agency, and published by Princeton University Press.


The Writings of Henry David Thoreau

Without the work of this project, almost half of the surviving manuscripts of Henry D. Thoreau might never appear in print. Much of his poetry, letters, Journal entries, early essays, translations, and nature writings would be condemned to obscurity.  


Heath Instructor's Guide for Thoreau

Wendell P. Glick - "Even the most recalcitrant young reader should be willing to acknowledge that the question of most concern to Thoreau is a fundamental one: 'How, since life is short and one's years are numbered, can one live most abundantly?'"


Language and Being in Catherís The Professorís House:  A Look Back and Forth from Thoreau to Nietzsche and Heidegger

Essay by Frank H. W. Edler

This essay addresses the question of language and being in Willa Cather's novel The Professor's House and how Cather goes back to a language based on the logos of nature.


East Meets West:  Henry D. Thoreau

This short page details the influence of Eastern religious thought and practice on Thoreau and his fellow Transcendentalist, Ralph Waldo Emerson.



A comprehensive collection of online images of Thoreau and the people and places associated with him, created by students at Salisbury State University.


Unitarians & Universalists, Thoreau

Thorough introduction to Thoreau's life, with links to online versions of his most famous texts.


Ecology Hall of Fame, Thoreau

This Ecotopia/USA Web site places Thoreau in the company of Rachel Carson, Alan Chadwick, John Burroughs, John Muir, and Aldo Leopold, charter inductees into their Hall of Fame for environmental heroes.


Walden Pond Exhibit

This exhibit includes color photos of Walden Pond in different seasons; it was created by a staff person at the Concord Consortium.


Botanical Index to Thoreau's Journals

Using both scientific and common names, Ray Angelo has compiled an exhaustive index to botanical references in Thoreau's Journal. The much-anticipated online version is keyed to the 1906 edition of the Journal and contains revisions to the printed edition, now out of print. A great resource.


Thoreau's Cape Cod: An Interactive Tour

Designed by Jim Morgan as a showpiece for Harlequin electricInk, this slick site combines Thoreau's text with sound, photographs, and video in an easy-to-navigate cyber-stroll through Cape Cod.


Thoreau's Journeys through the Maine Woods

The Portland Newspapers and WGME-TV spent three weeks paddling and hiking portions of Thoreau's route, guided by the author's words and ideas. Here, they share with readers, viewers, and Internet users what they observed in the woods and along the rivers and lakes that Thoreau described as "the wildest country." Interesting information on Thoreau as a writer and as a philosopher.


July 12, 1817

Today in History, from the American Memory Project, profiles Thoreau on his birthday. This well-designed site is produced by the Library of Congress and includes the text of the 1863 Ticknor & Fields edition of Thoreau's Excursions, one of many Thoreau items in the Library's Rare Book Collection.


Walden Mailing List

A mailing list, managed by Kirk McElhearn, dedicated to Thoreau. A good place to contact other Thoreau enthusiasts.


Walden Font's pages "Walden Pond" and "Electric Thoreau"

Created and maintained by Walden Font, a Winchester, Mass., historic font and clipart design firm, these pages contain information and links related to Walden Pond preservation efforts and to Thoreau more generally.

 Credits: Elizabeth Witherell and Louisa Dennis, University of California, Santa Barbara Library; Richard Lenat, Thoreau Reader Website.


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