Thoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862

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birth 1817‑07‑12
death 1862‑05‑06
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VIAF, colu, oac, LC, nyu, NLA, WorldCat, umn, nara, yale, nypl, lc, LAC, riamco, harvard, mhs
United States
English, French Unknown

Biographical notes:

Author, lecturer, and poet.

From the description of Papers of Henry David Thoreau, 1836. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 77585615

Henry David Thoreau, American author, lecturer, naturalist, student of Native American artifacts and life, transcendentalist, land surveyor, and life-long resident of Concord, Mass. Active opponent of slavery and social critic. Walter Harding, founder of the Thoreau Society in 1941 and Thoreau Edition in 1965, teacher, lecturer, writer of numerous books, articles, and book reviews on the life and writings of H.D. Thoreau. Supervisor of theses and dissertations. Maynard Gertler is retired editor of Harvest House Limited Publishers.

From the description of The first families of Concord : typescript draft, ca. 1963. (Concord Public Library). WorldCat record id: 42206731

Thoreau was an American writer and author of Walden; or, Life in the Woods (1854) and A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849), among others. He was also a member of the New England Transcendentalist movement.

From the guide to the Henry David Thoreau additional papers, 1856-1857., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

Henry David Thoreau was an American essayist, poet, naturalist, and philosopher of the New England Transcendentalist movement. He was graduate of Harvard College with the Class of 1837.

From the guide to the Henry David Thoreau manuscripts, 1837-1970., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

American writer.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Concord, to Charles S. Wheeler, 1838 Nov. 28. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270855429

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Concord, to Isaiah Williams, 1842 Mar. 14. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270855423

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Concord, to Spencer Baird, 1853 Dec. 19. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270572287

From the description of Plan of John Thoreau's House Lot, Concord, Mass. : autograph survey, 1857 Mar. 30. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270572338

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Concord, to Richard F. Fuller, 1843 Jan. 16. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270572293

Henry David Thoreau was an American essayist, poet, naturalist, and philosopher of the New England Transcendentalist movement. He was a graduate of Harvard College, Class of 1837.

From the description of Manuscripts, 1837-1970. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 122563949

Henry David Thoreau was an American naturalist and essayist who had a notable influence on Transcendentalist thought and philosophy. Thoreau was born in Concord, Mass., and graduated from Harvard. Throughout his life he kept a journal of his observations and experiences that served as the basis for his lectures and essays. He worked at diverse jobs, and began publishing essays related to the Transcendentalist vision. His most important works are probably the book Walden and the essay Civil Disobedience, which reflect his key interests: nature, and the conduct of life. Although not precisely a philosopher, his insight has had a significant influence on philosophical thought.

From the description of Henry David Thoreau papers, 1857-1930. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 60573835

Author and philosopher.

From the description of Henry David Thoreau diary excerpts, circa 1856-1860. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70980607

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), author.

From the description of Henry David Thoreau collection, 1841-1949. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702139119

Henry David Thoreau may be best known as a writer, but he was also a botanist who collected hundreds of specimens of New England plants to create his own herbarium. Thoreau's earliest herbarium specimens were collected in 1850. Over the next few years, he read many botanical works and increased his field observations. Thoreau continued to collect for his herbarium over the following years, until his collection grew to about 900 specimens.

From the description of Herbarium of Henry David Thoreau, 1850-1862 (inclusive) (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 229703256

American author; born, lived, and died in Concord, Mass. From the late 1840's to near the end of his life, Thoreau earned money as a land surveyor, primarily in Concord.

From the description of Surveys of and receipt for surveying woodlot land owned by John Hosmer and John B. Moore, [1850]-1851. (Concord Public Library). WorldCat record id: 34552701

American author; born, lived, and died in Concord, Mass. Baptized as an infant in the First Parish in Concord, Thoreau as an adult chose not to be a church member. His sign-off from membership in the First Parish is addressed to the Town Clerk; the connection between church and town in Concord lasted from 1636 (when the First Parish was organized) until 1856.

From the description of ALS : Concord, [Mass.], to Mr. Clerk [i.e. Town Clerk], 1841 Jan. 5. (Concord Public Library). WorldCat record id: 33143913

Author, lecturer, and surveyor, of Concord, Mass.

From the description of Papers, 1847-1852. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70938197

Henry David Thoreau was an American writer, naturalist, and philosopher known for his Trancendentalist work Walden and essays.

From the description of Henry David Thoreau letter and engraving, 1847. (University of California, Irvine). WorldCat record id: 48037035

American author, lecturer, naturalist, student of native American artifacts and life, transcendentalist, land surveyor, and life-long resident of Concord, Mass. Schoolteacher (public and private) and tutor at various times. Active opponent of slavery and critic of society. Born July 12, 1817; died May 6, 1862. Began keeping journal--the source for much of his writing--in 1834. Graduated from Harvard College in 1837. Lecturer for Concord Lyceum from 1838. Lived in Emerson household 1841-1843. Built house at Walden Pond, where he lived from summer of 1845 until Sept., 1847.

(Cont.) Actively took up land and property surveying in 1840's, working both for Town of Concord and for private property owners. A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers was published in 1849, Walden, or, Life in the Woods in 1854, other works (several edited from HDT's manuscripts by his sister Sophia) posthumously. Complete works: Riverside Edition (1894); Walden Edition (1906); Princeton Edition (ongoing as of 1/97).

From the description of Henry David Thoreau land and property surveys : holographs, 1846-1860. (Concord Public Library). WorldCat record id: 36171391

American author, lecturer, naturalist, student of native American artifacts and life, transcendentalist, land surveyor, and life-long resident of Concord, Mass. Schoolteacher (public and private) and tutor at various times. Active opponent of slavery and critic of society. Born July 12, 1817; died May 6, 1862. Began keeping journal--the source for much of his writing--in 1834. Graduated from Harvard College in 1837. Lecturer for Concord Lyceum from 1838. Lived in Emerson household 1841-1843. Built house at Walden Pond, where he lived from summer of 1845 until Sept., 1847.

(Cont.) Actively took up land and property surveying in 1840's, working both for Town of Concord and for private property owners. A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers was published in 1849, Walden, or, Life in the Woods in 1854, other works (several edited from HDT's manuscripts by his sister Sophia) posthumously. Complete works: Riverside Edition (1894); Walden Edition (1906); Princeton Edition (ongoing as of 1/97).

From the description of Field-notes of surveys made by Henry D. Thoreau since November 1849 : holograph, 1849-1861. (Concord Public Library). WorldCat record id: 36171693

American author, lecturer, naturalist, student of native American artifacts and life, transcendentalist, land surveyor, and life-long resident of Concord, Mass. Schoolteacher (public and private) and tutor at various times. Active opponent of slavery and critic of society. Born July 12, 1817; died May 6, 1862. Began keeping journal--the source for much of his writing--in 1834. Graduated from Harvard College in 1837. Lecturer for Concord Lyceum from 1838. Lived in Emerson household 1841-1843. Built house at Walden Pond, where he lived from summer of 1845 until Sept., 1847.

(Cont.) Actively took up land and property surveying in 1840's, working both for Town of Concord and for private property owners. A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers was published in 1849, Walden, or, Life in the Woods in 1854, other works (several edited from HDT's manuscripts by his sister Sophia) posthumously. Complete works: Riverside Edition (1894); Walden Edition (1906); Princeton Edition (ongoing as of 1/97).

From the description of Henry David Thoreau papers, 1836-[1862]. (Concord Public Library). WorldCat record id: 36158100

Biography

Henry David Thoreau was an American writer, naturalist, and philosopher known for his Trancendentalist work Walden and essays.

From the guide to the Henry David Thoreau letter and engraving, 1847, (University of California, Irvine. Library. Special Collections and Archives.)

American author, lecturer, naturalist, student of native American artifacts and life, transcendentalist, land surveyor, and life-long resident of Concord, Mass. Schoolteacher (public and private) and tutor at various times. Active opponent of slavery and critic of society. Born July 12, 1817; died May 6, 1862. Began keeping journal--the source for much of his writing--in 1834. Graduated from Harvard College in 1837. Lecturer for Concord Lyceum from 1838. Lived in Emerson household 1841-1843. Built house at Walden Pond, where he lived from summer of 1845 until Sept., 1847.

(Cont.) Actively took up land and property surveying in 1840's, working both for Town of Concord and for private property owners. A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers was published in 1849, Walden, or, Life in the Woods in 1854, other works (several edited from HDT's manuscripts by his sister Sophia) posthumously. Complete works: Riverside Edition (1894); Walden Edition (1906); Princeton Edition (ongoing as of 1/97). Thoreau's essay "Walking," published posthumously in the Atlantic Monthly for June, 1862, was based largely on journal entries for 1850-1852.

(Cont.) Thoreau had delivered lectures entitled "Walking" in 1851/1852 and 1856/1857. Close to his death, he revised his material in preparing the manuscript submitted for publication in the Atlantic Monthly.

From the description of Walking : holograph, [1862]. (Concord Public Library). WorldCat record id: 36158136



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