Henry David Thoreau (1817 – 1862)
One of America’s most famous writers – Henry David Thoreau – author, philosopher, naturalist was born on this day July 12, 1817 in Concord, Massachusetts. He began writing nature poetry in the 1840s, with poet Ralph Waldo Emerson as a mentor and friend. In 1845 he began his famous two-year stay on Walden Pond, which he wrote about in his master work, Walden, or Life in the Woods. He is probably best known for Walden and for his “Civil Disobedience” essay, which he wrote after spending a night in jail for not paying the poll tax. Locals may know him for his 1848 work A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers. He was also known for his beliefs in Transcendentalism. Thoreau was a dedicated abolitionist. Some think that Thoreau may be the most quoted American author.
Some of Thoreau’s notable thoughts:
it down, and commence living on its hint. What I began by reading, I must finish
hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however
measured or far away.”