The Thoreau You Don't Know: The Father of Nature Writers on the Importance of Cities, Finance, and Fooling Around

The Thoreau You Don't Know: The Father of Nature Writers on the Importance of Cities, Finance, and Fooling Around

by Robert Sullivan

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Overview

Robert Sullivan, the New York Times bestselling author of Rats and Cross Country, delivers a revolutionary reconsideration of Henry David Thoreau for modern readers of the seminal transcendentalist. Dispelling common notions of Thoreau as a lonely eccentric cloistered at Walden Pond, Sullivan (whom the New York Times Book Review calls “an urban Thoreau”) paints a dynamic picture of Thoreau as the naturalist who founded our American ideal of “the Great Outdoors;” the rugged individual who honed friendships with Ralph Waldo Emerson and other writers; and the political activist who inspired Martin Luther King, Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, and other influential leaders of progressive change. You know Thoreau is one of America’s legendary writers…but the Thoreau you don’t know may be one of America’s greatest heroes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061710322
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/08/2011
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 997,649
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Robert Sullivan is the author of The Meadowlands, A Whale Hunt, Rats, and Cross Country. A contributing editor to Vogue, his writing has also appeared in the New York Times, The New Yorker, and Dwell magazine. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two children.

Table of Contents

1 The Thoreau You Don't Know 1

2 Where He Was Coming From 21

3 Reading Transcendental 37

4 A Life With Principle 58

5 A Free-Lance 74

6 When the Woods Burned 101

7 The Road to Walden 122

8 A Place to Work 153

9 Imagine a City 188

10 After Walden 226

11 Autumn 259

12 Perfectly Distinct 277

Acknowledgments 319

Notes 321

Index 345

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From people who lived in concord prophet without honor in own home town