Henry David Thoreau : a biography

by Meltzer, Milton, 1915-2009.

Format: Print Book 2007
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Northland Public Library Children's Biography J B THOREAU
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Children's Biography
Call Number  J B THOREAU
In his own time, Henry David Thoreau was well-respected as the town surveyor and an excellent carpenter but most certainly not as a writer. Her lived a somewhat solitary life at Walden Pond, plying his various trades, taking long walks, and making notes in his voluminous journals. Though Thoreau actually had two books published during his lifetime, not many people read them. Yet now, nearly 150 years after his death, he is regarded as one of America's great writers. Milton Meltzer's engaging biography examines this unique author, his beliefs, and his world. Thoreau's loss of a brother, his relationship with Ralph Waldo Emerson, his brief stint in jail, and his affinity with the natural world all worked together to shape an intriguing world view and a powerful body of writing that still influences us today.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: ""Continuing his American Literary Greats series, Meltzer applies his usual care to a solid overview of the sage of Concord. The narrative extends straightforward biographical facts with explorations of related movements (transcendentalism, abolitionism), paying special attention to the legacy of  On Civil Disobedience. Meltzer's narrative thread occasionally gets lost among lengthy primary-source extracts, but the best of such quotations aptly represent his subject's heady philosophy and homespun wit. Despite discovering that their assumptions about Thoreau may not be entirely accurate (the Walden Pond hermit received weekly visits from mom and sis, who brought homemade meals), many contemporary teens will recognize their own fervent convictions in his lofty ideals: If you have built your castles in the air . . . that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them. All quotations are sourced, and the book's concluding time line and bibliography make this a terrific starting place for term-paper research."--"Mattson, Jennifer" Copyright 2007 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Thoreau, Henry David, -- 1817-1862 -- Juvenile literature.
Authors, American -- 19th century -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Naturalists -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Intellectuals -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Publisher Minneapolis :Twenty-First Century Books,2007
Language English
Description 160 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 9780822558934 (lib. bdg. : alk. paper)
0822558939 (lib. bdg. : alk. paper)
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