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"As if you could kill time without injuring eternity." -- Henry David Thoreau
Henry David Thoreau (born David Henry Thoreau; July 12, 1817 — May 6, 1862) was an American author, poet, abolitionist, naturalist, tax resister, development critic, surveyor, historian, philosopher, and leading transcendentalist. He is best known for his book Walden, a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings, and his essay, Civil Disobedience, an argument for individual resistance to civil government in moral opposition to an unjust state.

Thoreau's books, articles, essays, journals, and poetry total over 20 volumes. Among his lasting contributions were his writings on natural history and philosophy, where he anticipated the methods and findings of ecology and environmental history, two sources of modern day environmentalism. His literary style interweaves close natural observation, personal experience, pointed rhetoric, symbolic meanings, and historical lore; while displaying a poetic sensibility, philosophical austerity, and "Yankee" love of practical detail. He was also deeply interested in the idea of survival in the face of hostile elements, historical change, and natural decay; at the same time imploring one to abandon waste and illusion in order to discover life's true essential needs.

He was a lifelong abolitionist, delivering lectures that attacked the Fugitive Slave Law while praising the writings of Wendell Phillips and defending abolitionist John Brown. Thoreau's philosophy of civil disobedience influenced the political thoughts and actions of such later figures as Leo Tolstoy, Mahatma Gandhi, and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Thoreau is sometimes cited as an individualist anarchist.Encyclopaedia of the Social Sciences, edited by Edwin Robert Anderson Seligman, Alvin Saunders Johnson, 1937, p. 12.Gross, David (ed.) The Price of Freedom: Political Philosophy from Thoreau's Journals p. 8, ISBN 978-1-4348-0552-2 ("The Thoreau of these journals distrusted doctrine, and, though it is accurate I think to call him an anarchist, he was by no means doctrinaire in this either.") Though Civil Disobedience seems to call for improving rather than abolishing government — "I ask for, not at once no government, but at once a better government" — the direction of this improvement aims at anarchism: "'That government is best which governs not at all;' and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which they will have." Richard Drinnon partly blames Thoreau for the ambiguity, noting that Thoreau's "sly satire, his liking for wide margins for his writing, and his fondness for paradox provided ammunition for widely divergent interpretations of 'Civil Disobedience.'" He further points out that although Thoreau writes that he only wants "at once" a better government, that does not rule out the possibility that a little later he might favor no government.

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Total Books: 1039
Walden
Walden and Civil Disobedience
2021 - Walden and Civil Disobedience [Mint Editions] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781513221106
ISBN-10: 1513221108
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Science & Math, Politics & Social Sciences
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Thoreau's Notes on Birds of New England
2019 - Thoreau's Notes on Birds of New England (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780486833842
ISBN-10: 0486833844
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Science & Math
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Solid Seasons The Friendship of Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson
Canoeing in the Wilderness
2018 - Canoeing in the Wilderness (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781423649144
ISBN-10: 1423649141
Genres: History, Sports & Outdoors, Travel, Science & Math
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Walden With an Introduction and Annotations by Bill McKibben
Thoreau's Animals
2017 - Thoreau's Animals (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780300223767
ISBN-10: 0300223765
Genre: Science & Math
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Walden Life in the Woods
2017 - Walden Life in the Woods [Gsp- Trade] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781423646792
ISBN-10: 1423646797
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Science & Math
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Walden or Life in the Woods
Walden  Illustrated Edition Life in the Woods
2017 - Walden Illustrated Edition Life in the Woods (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781520514918
ISBN-10: 1520514913
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
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Gedanken und Aphorismen
2017 - Gedanken Und Aphorismen [German Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9783954552207
ISBN-10: 3954552205
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Walking
2017 - Walking (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781473335592
ISBN-10: 1473335590
Genres: Travel, Science & Math, Politics & Social Sciences
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Civil Disobedience
2016 - Civil Disobedience (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781945644498
ISBN-10: 1945644494
Genre: Politics & Social Sciences
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Excursions and Poems  The Writings of Henry David Thoreau
On the Duty of Civil Disobedience
2016 - On the Duty of Civil Disobedience (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781540509598
ISBN-10: 1540509591
Genre: Politics & Social Sciences
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Civil Disobedience and Other Essays
2016 - Civil Disobedience and Other Essays (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781945644207
ISBN-10: 1945644206
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Politics & Social Sciences
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The Illustrated Walden Thoreau Bicentennial Edition
Great American Essays
2016 - Great American Essays (Audio CD)Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9781531883621
ISBN-10: 1531883621
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Nature and Walking
2016 - Nature and Walking (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781537056456
ISBN-10: 153705645X
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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The Journal of Henry David Thoreau Volume 3
On the Duty of Civil Disobedience Includes MLA Style Citations for Scholarly Secondary Sources PeerReviewed Journal Articles and Critical Essays
2016 - A Yankee in Canada [The Literary Naturalist Series] (Hardcover)Paperback
2016 - A Novel Journal Walden [Compact - Novel Journals] (Hardcover)
2014 - Walden Civil Disobedience [Vintage Classics] (Paperback)
 
2010 - Thoreau Day By Day [1909] (Paperback)
2009 - Walden O La VIda En Los Bosques [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
2009 - The Journal 18371861 [New York Review Books Classics] (Paperback)
 
2009 - Summer [1884] (Paperback)
2009 - Autumn (Paperback)
2009 - A Plea for Captain John Brown By Thoreau [World Cultural Heritage Library] (Paperback)
2008 - Walden Containing Economy and Where I Lived and What I Lived For [Classics Retold to be Read, Not just Revered] (Paperback)
2007 - Escribir/ Write [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
2007 - Balade D'hiver Couleurs D'automne [French Edition] (Paperback)
2007 - Desobediencia Civil Y Otros Escritos / Civil Disobedience and Other Writings [El Libro De Bolsillo. Areas De Conocimiento. Ciencias Sociales. Ciencia Politica - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
2007 - Los Bosques De Maine/ the Maine Woods [Dando Pata - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
2007 - Thoreau on Nature [Thoreau for These Times] (Paperback)
2006 - Where I Lived and What I Lived For [Penguin Great Ideas] (Paperback)
 
2005 - Nature's Panorama Thoreau on the Seasons [The Spirit of Thoreau] (Paperback)Hardcover
2005 - Desobediencia Civil Y Otras Propuestas [Clasicos De Siempre] (Paperback)
2004 - Walden La VIda En Los Bosques [Clasicos De Siempre - Spanish Edition - Clasicos De Siempre: Fuentes De Inspiracion / All Time Classics: Sources of Inspiration] (Paperback)
2002 - Walden or Life in the Woods [Dover Large Print Classics] (Paperback)
2001 - The Wisdom of Thoreau [Wisdom Library] (Paperback)
2001 - Walden Pond [New England Landmarks] (Hardcover)
2000 - Thoreau a Book of Quotations [Dover Thrift Editions] (Paperback)
1998 - Caminar (Other)
1997 - Dsobir (Paperback)
1996 - Civil Disobedience and Reading [Classic, 60s] (Paperback)
1996 - Thoreau Political Writings [Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought] (Hardcover)Paperback
1995 - Selections From the Journals [Dover Thrift Editions] (Paperback)
1993 - Thoreau on Birds Cl [The Concord Library] (Hardcover)
1993 - Civil Disobedience and Other Essays [Dover Thrift Editions] (Paperback)
1991 - The Journal of Henry D Thoreau [14 Volumes] (Other)
1989 - The Natural History Essays [Peregrine Smith Literary Naturalists] (Paperback)
1987 - Henry David Thoreau's Walden [Bloom's Modern Critical Interpretations] (Other)
1987 - The Thoughts of Thoreau [Edwin Way Teale Library of Nature Classics] (Paperback)Hardcover
1986 - Walden Oxford World Classics [Oxford Pocket Classics] (Hardcover)
1983 - Walden and Civil Disobedience [Penguin American Library] (Paperback)
1971 - Reflections at Walden [Hallmark crown editions] (Other)
1964 - The Portable Thoreau [Penguin Classics] (Paperback)
1963 - Thoreau People Principles and Politics [American Century Series, Ac64] (Paperback)
1962 - The Journal of Henry D Thoreau in Fourteen Volumes Bound As Two Vols IVii [1837-October, 1855 - 1837-1855 Bound in 1 Volume] (Hardcover)
Cape Cod and Miscellanies [The writings of Henry David Thoreau ; 4] (Hardcover)
Excursions and Poems [The Writings of Henry David Theoreau ; 5] (Other)
Familiar Letters [The Writings of Henry David Thoreau] (Other)
Journal [The Writings of Henry David Thoreau] (Other)
Natural History Essays [Literature of the American wilderness] (Paperback)
Selected Writings [Crofts Classics] (Paperback)
The Green Thoreau [Classic Wisdom Collection Series] (Hardcover)
Thoreau on Patriotism Protest [Thoreau for These Times] (Paperback)
Thoreau on Simplicity [Thoreau for These Times] (Paperback)
Un Yankee Au Canada [French Edition] (Paperback)
Essais [French Edition] (Paperback)
Pasear [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
Libro De Citas [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
Colores De Otono [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
Desobediencia Civil [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
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