The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail

The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail

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The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail by Jerome Lawrence

"If the law is of such nature that it requires you to be an agent of injustice to another, then I say, break the law." In 1849, the young Henry David Thoreau, philosopher, poet, naturalist, penned these timeless words in his Civil Disobedience. Three years earlier Thoreau had refused to pay taxes to the government, which was engaged in the Mexican War. He condemned the war as unjust—a war never formally declared, begun without Congressional authorization, a savage and bloody war fought to assuage the United States territorial ambitions. For his courageous and unprecedented act of protest, he was thrown in jail. Thoreau was a man of the future. Over the past century, his action has had worldwide repercussions. Tolstoy was influenced by his stand, and Gandhi based his passive resistance campaign on the words of the philosopher of Walden Pond. The Night Thoreau Spent In Jail is an essential work for today's world.

"The play must rank among the most brilliant intellectual stimulants of a decade, perhaps even of the century."--Columbus Dispatch.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780613462020
Publisher: Turtleback Books: A Division of Sanval
Publication date: 07/28/2001
Pages: 103
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.26(h) x 0.59(d)

About the Author

Jerome Lawrence, formerly master playwright at New York University, and Robert E. Lee (1918-1984), who was a professor of playwriting at UCLA, collaborated on thirteen plays, including Inherit the Wind and Auntie Mame.

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4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
pateld13 More than 1 year ago
So if you're into Thoreau and enjoy reading his books, then go for it! It's good! The copy was perfect, great condition, love it and love barnes&noble :)
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This was amazing. Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee are geniuses of theatre. Henry David Thoreau was portrayed here magnificently, and they captured his spirit and his philosophy. If you love to think, then this is the book for you. If you love to open your eyes, this is the book for you. Read this, and be inspired, because this book will change you, if only by the way you think.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail¿ gives the reader reason to evaluate his/her own life-- specifically pertaining to personal obedience to the bounds of society. Thoreau felt very strongly about the war waged against Mexico during his lifetime. He did not want to warrant this act. He refused to pay the tax to support the war and was thrown in jail for his disobedience. Thoreau knew that his act would cause him to end up in jail, but he so strongly opposed the war that to him, it was worth it. This particular form of action is known as civil disobedience. It occurs when someone is passionate about an issue and is willing to accept the consequences for not adhering to the bounds of society. It most often takes place in a peaceful manner. While reading this play, the audience will find themselves questioning whether the rules that they follow in their daily life go along with their own personal beliefs. If they find that the rules contradict what their individual stands for, then they must question if disobeying the particular bound is worth the consequences that will ensue. In Thoreau's case, he saw jail as a negative consequence, but he would rather be there than living in society knowing that he was supporting an 'unfair' war. He also makes the claim that although he is locked up, his mind is always free. To him, that is all the freedom he needed to live a fulfilled life. That is the sort of mental toughness that a civil disobeyer must possess in order to be successful in his/her act. An important theme in this play is expressing one's individuality. This is an issue that people all over the globe can relate to. Even if someone felt the war in Mexico was right, he/she can apply the issue of individuality to his/her life regardless. Some may find it difficult to see past Thoreau's issue, but in truth, civil disobedience can be applied to much larger or much smaller issues. Although, Thoreau¿s time in jail may seem unappealing to the reader, he should be commended for his strength and emphasis on individuality. If you feel passionate about being who you are, then read this play and you will discover that you are not alone- one of the greatest thinkers of all time felt the same way and was not afraid to do something about it. Stand up for what you believe in!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a great school book for students learning about Transcendentalists. It offers a humorous and entertaining look at the topic that is sure to hook students of all types.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This play is a witty and creative look into the life of Henry David Thoreau, specifically what motivated him to leave and re-enter society (Walden). A previous background on Thoreau and Transcendentalism is helpful, but it is not necessary to still enjoy the play and understand its messages. Also, recent reviews that call this play out of date need recognize that the play was written during the Vietnam War and uses the war with Mexico during Thoreau's time as a parable to what was occurring in the country. While our country is not going through the same specific upheaval as it was in 1971, Thoreau's ideas will always be contemporary, and this play is an excellent introduction to his life and how he lived it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My class recieved this book for an assignment in English class. Most the time I read the first couple pages of a book and put it down. This book is great if you read it you'll never forget it. The book makes you look at things in a whole new perspective. It's short and sweet a great book all around.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book in my English Honors sophomore class and I really enjoyed it. While a lot of the class found it hard to understand and boring, I thought it was a great peice of work; full of metaphors and philosophy. It gives a lot of veiws and a better understanding of Transendentalism. I would recommend this to people who like to read plays and who are open to different philosophies.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was hard to follow and BORING! Also, plays are meant to be seen not read...in my opinion so I didn't like READING it. I can't believe schools are making students read this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was okay, but isn't the best. If it wasn't for the fact that this book was a play, i would never have read it because it was so boring. If you like plays, I'm sure you probably will like it. (You need to know a smidgen about Thoreau to completely understand the book)
Guest More than 1 year ago
We don't always have friends in the taste matter.I loved this book. The teacher warned us that this book may be hard to follow. I don't know what helped me( maybe that after few pages I said to myself, that time: past, present, future didn't matter)but I was not confused at all. I liked to rush from one idea to another. Some ideas were similar to mine, others were new, and therefor even more interessting. I'm thanksful, that we read this book in the school.