Henry Thoreau: A Life of the Mind

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University of California Press, 1986 - Biography & Autobiography - 455 pages
The two years Thoreau spent at Walden Pond and the night he spent in the Concord jail are among the most familiar features of the American intellectual landscape. In this new biography, based on a reexamination of Thoreau's manuscripts and on a retracing of his trips, Robert Richardson offers a view of Thoreau's life and achievement in their full nineteenth century context.
 

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Contents

Fall 1837 Commencement
3
Harvard under Quincy
6
Thoreau at Harvard
9
Concord
12
Emerson
16
The Classics
22
Germany
25
Society
29
Spring 1850
205
July 1850 The Wreck of the Elizabeth
208
August and September 1850 The Material of a Million Concords
211
Fall 1850 Trip to Canada
214
The Red Face of Man I
217
The Red Face of Man II
219
November 1850 to April 1851 Gramatica Parda
222
Technological Conservative
225

Concord Schoolmaster
32
Poetry
36
Summer and Fall 1838
45
The Eye of Henry Thoreau
48
SelfCulture
52
Ellen
55
The Rivers
60
Aeschylus Bravery
65
Transcendentalism
69
Summer 1840
74
Fall 1840
78
December 1840
84
Writing
91
Thoreau and Emerson
94
Brook Farm
98
SelfReformation
102
The Orient
104
Fall 1841
107
Tragedy
111
Excursions
114
January and February 1843
118
Staten Island
122
18431845 The Road to Walden Pond
127
The New York Literary Scene
129
A Winter Walk
132
The Railroad Comes to Concord
135
Inside the Civilized Man
137
Spring and Summer 1844
141
Fall 1844
143
Spring 1845
146
I Went to the Woods to Live Deliberately
149
The Epic of the Leaf
151
The New Typology of the Leaf
154
18461849 The Profession of Letters
159
Winter 1846 Carlyle
161
The New Adam Smith
164
Spring 1846 Walden
167
The Great Awakening
170
Summer 1846 Resistance to Civil Government
173
North Twin Lake and Ktaadn
177
Second Year at Walden
180
The Letters to Blake
184
A Perfect Piece of Stoicism
187
The Apollonian Vis ion
189
Spring and Summer 1849 I Have Chosen Letters
192
18491851 The Language of the Leopard Wildness and Society
197
Shipwreck and Salvation on Cape Cod
199
Fall 1849 Spring 1850 Hindu Idealism
202
Myth and Wildness
228
18511852 New Books New Worlds
233
Spring 1851 The Naming of Apples
235
June 1851 The Four Worlds of Henry Thoreau
238
Thoreau Darwin and The Voyage of the Beagle
240
Summer 1851 Practical Transcendentalism
243
Fall 1851 This is my Home my Native Soil
246
December 1851 to February 1852 The Short Days of Winter
250
Lapidae Crescunt
252
A Sufficient List of Failures
254
April 1852 William Gilpin and the Articulation of Landscape
257
The Articulation of Landscape
260
The Flowering of Man
264
My Year of Observation
267
August and September 1852 Country Life
270
18521854 Walden or the Triumph of the Organic
275
AnteColumbian History
277
The Jesuit Relations
279
Pantheism
282
America
285
Spring 1853 The Golden Gates
288
Summer 1853 Walden Five
291
Fall 1853Friends
294
Chesuncook
298
January 1854 Walden Six
303
February and March 1854 Triumph of the Organic
308
Spring and Summer 1854 Anthony Burns
311
July and August 1854 Walden
314
18541862 The Economy of Nature
319
Night and Moonlight
321
New Friends
324
Life Without Principle
329
Recovery
333
The Dispersion of Seeds and the Succession of Forest Trees
338
Walt Whitman and the Ethics of Intensity
343
The Indian
350
Autumnal Tints John Ruskin and the Innocent Eye
355
Louis Agassiz and the Theory of Special Creation
360
A Plea for Captain Brown
366
Darwin and the Developmental Theory
371
Beyond Transcendentalism The Natural History Projects
377
One World at a Time
383
Chronology
389
Principal Sources
391
Notes
395
Index
439
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Robert D. Richardson, Jr. is the author of Emerson: The Mind on Fire (California, 1995) among other books.

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