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Sunday, April 27th at 3 pm – Michael Sims, “The Adventures of Henry Thoreau"

04/27/2014 3:00 pm
04/27/2014 4:00 pm

Join us on Sunday, April 27th at 3pm, when Michael Sims presents his new biography, The Adventures of Henry Thoreau: A Young Man's Unlikely Path to Walden Pond.

Michael Sims is the author of the acclaimed The Story of Charlotte's WebApollo's Fire: A Day on Earth in Nature and ImaginationAdam's Navel: A Natural and Cultural History of the Human Form, and the editor ofDracula's Guest: A Connoisseur's Collection of Victorian Vampire Stories and The Dead Witness: A Connoisseur's Collection of Victorian Detective Stories. He lives in western Pennsylvania. 

ISBN-13: 9781620401958
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Bloomsbury USA, 6/2013
This is a revealing portrait of the formative years of the famed American writer — out of which he became the patron saint of nonviolent activism and environmentalism.


Henry David Thoreau is an American intellectual icon; what made him so was the decade between his graduation from Harvard and his departure from the cabin he built himself on Ralph Waldo Emerson's land at Walden Pond — out of which he became one of America's most influential writers.

In a detailed and textured narrative, Sims brings Thoreau to life — striding across the page like a radical folksinger rather than the curmudgeonly recluse who occupies our mental image. In this youthful period, he wrote his first book and refined the journal entries that formed the core of his later work, Walden; joined the anti-slavery campaign and studied Native American culture; spent the night in jail that led to his celebrated essay, Civil Disobedience, which would in time inspire the likes of Gandhi and Martin Luther King; developed a scientific/poetic response to nature; and aligned with the Transcendental movement, which questioned assumptions about God, citizenship, and the Industrial Revolution.

Sims relates intimate moments in Thoreau's daily life — teaching Nathaniel Hawthorne to row a boat; tutoring Emerson's nephew on Staten Island — and the deep influence of his parents and his beloved older brother, John, whose tragic early death haunted him. Chronicling Thoreau's youthful transformation, Sims shows how his intellectual development would influence the rest of his life, and resonate throughout American literature and history.

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