Mysticism in American Literature: Thoreau's Quest and Whitman's Self

Mysticism in American Literature: Thoreau's Quest and Whitman's Self

Mysticism in American Literature: Thoreau's Quest and Whitman's Self

Mysticism in American Literature: Thoreau's Quest and Whitman's Self



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OPEN THE HEART OF SELF-DISCOVERY through the spirituality in the lives and profound works of Henry David Thoreau and Walt Whitman in this award-winning book.

Much has been written about Henry David Thoreau and Walt Whitman as prominent American writers, but much less research has been done regarding their spirituality, which gave the writing of their classics such impact.

This study helps to remedy this by focusing on the mysticism in the lives and major works of Thoreau and Whitman, two great American literary mystics of the 19th century.

You'll find out:

~ How their classic works, Thoreau's "Walden" and Whitman's ground-breaking poem,"Song of Myself" were inspired by their spiritual revelations and struggles.

~ What the deeper meanings are in key passages from "Walden" and "Song of Myself"

~ How their spirituality reflected their different personalities and characters.

Paul Hourihan asks “Is Thoreau’s way the way for us?” And explains the special challenges we have today in following a spiritual life compared to Thoreau’s time and before.

Hourihan also delves into the subject of depression and the role it plays in the life of the spiritual seeker in light of Thoreau’s extended depression after publishing "Walden,” his masterpiece.

By understanding the wisdom and strengths, as well as the faults and failings, of these two great influential writers, we can know ourselves better.

Winner of the Bronze, Best Non-fiction, and Best Spiritual Book awards from the Northern California Publishers & Authors Assn.

From the Foreword:
"A valuable study not only as a critical interpretation, but as a deeply insightful 'biography' of these two great minds, in charting which Dr. Hourihan brings to his task a certain inwardness of understanding combined with the force of personal conviction....
At a time like this, Dr. Hourihan performs a valuable service by his courageous reaffirmation of what is of permanent value in the lives and works of two of the most original minds in American literature.

- V. K. Chari, Professor Emeritus, Carleton University, and author of "Whitman in the Light of Vedantic Mysticism"

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Product Details

BN ID: 2940012420435
Publisher: Vedantic Shores Press
Publication date: 05/20/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 144
File size: 378 KB

About the Author

Paul Hourihan was born and educated in Boston where he earned a doctorate in American literature from Boston University. For 15 years he taught dozens of courses in southern Ontario, Canada on the subject of great mystics and in particular, literary mystics. He was a serious student of the world's mystical traditions and was committed to the spiritual path for 45 years.

By combining his lifelong passion for literature and mysticism in this award-winning work, he gives us a revealing and insightful view of two of America's own great spiritual writers whose influence is still felt today.

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