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Roughly Thoreau

Maurice S. Lee

in Uncertain Chances: Science, Skepticism, and Belief in Nineteenth-Century American Literature

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199797578
eISBN:
9780199932412
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199797578.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This chapter focuses on the radical empiricism of Walden, Thoreau’s journals, and his later scientific writings. As an artist, philosopher, surveyor, fisherman, and naturalist, Thoreau comes to ... More


Henry David Thoreau: A Poet's Apprenticeship

David Dowling

in Emerson's Protégés: Mentoring and Marketing Transcendentalism's Future

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780300197440
eISBN:
9780300206760
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300197440.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This chapter focuses on Ralph Waldo Emerson's mentorship of Henry David Thoreau, with particular reference to the perils of the latter's experience as poet in training. It begins by analyzing “Sic ... More


Emerson's Protégés: Mentoring and Marketing Transcendentalism's Future

David Dowling

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780300197440
eISBN:
9780300206760
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300197440.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

In the late 1830s, Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist, poet, lecturer, and leader of the Transcendentalist movement, publicly called for a radical nationwide vocational reinvention, and an ... More


 The Romantic Era: Emerson's Churches of One

Matthew Mutter

in Prophesies of Godlessness: Predictions of America's Iminent Secularization from the Puritans to Postmodernity

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780195342536
eISBN:
9780199867042
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195342536.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter discusses Ralph Waldo Emerson's prophetic announcement of both the decay of orthodox, institutional religion and the ascent of a solitary spirituality founded upon the intuition of the ... More


Introduction: A Simple and Hidden Life

Alan D. Hodder

in Thoreau's Ecstatic Witness

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300089592
eISBN:
9780300129755
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300089592.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This introductory chapter sets out the book's purpose, which is to provide a full reconstruction and analysis of Thoreau's religious thought and experience. The book aims to describe the major forms ... More


Thoreau the Land Surveyor

Patrick Chura

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813034935
eISBN:
9780813038278
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813034935.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Henry David Thoreau, one of America's most prominent environmental writers, supported himself as a land surveyor for much of his life, parceling land that would be sold off to loggers. This book ... More


Disappointment, or, Thoreau in Love

Peter Coviello

in Tomorrow's Parties: Sex and the Untimely in Nineteenth-Century America

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814717400
eISBN:
9780814717424
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814717400.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Gay and Lesbian Studies

This chapter talks about Henry David Thoreau's anecdote in the “Ponds” chapter of his work Walden (1854), a passage that condenses many of the principal elements of Thoreau's style, humor, and his ... More


My Life Was Ecstasy

Alan D. Hodder

in Thoreau's Ecstatic Witness

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300089592
eISBN:
9780300129755
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300089592.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This chapter explores Thoreau's early experiences of ecstasy. It describes how his contacts with nature filled him with delight. His journals of the spring and summer of 1851 attest to a new vitality ... More


<i>Walden</i> and the Foundations of True Political Expression

Andrew Norris

in Becoming Who We Are: Politics and Practical Philosophy in the Work of Stanley Cavell

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
July 2017
ISBN:
9780190673949
eISBN:
9780190673970
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190673949.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter turns to Cavell’s first encounter with American transcendentalism and his initial exploration of views he would later characterize as “Emersonian perfectionism.” As read by Cavell, ... More


A Meteorological Journal of the Mind

Alan D. Hodder

in Thoreau's Ecstatic Witness

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300089592
eISBN:
9780300129755
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300089592.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This chapter focuses on Thoreau's journals, the first nearly complete edition of which was published in 1906. The earliest journals, especially those kept from the fall of 1837 till about the end of ... More


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