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Henry David Thoreau was an American philosopher, born on July 12, 1817 in Massachusetts. The man showed an analytical nature at an early age, often being called the "Judge" by his peers and enrolling in Harvard College at sixteen. While most Harvard graduates pursued careers in law, business, or medicine, Thoreau was uninterested in these occupations and started teaching at a public school in Concord. After Ralph Waldo Emerson took a special interest in him, Thoreau took part in a circle of influential thinkers that included Margaret Fuller and Julian Hawthorne.

Shortly thereafter, Thoreau began contributing essays and poems for publication. Initially, his thoughts followed Transcendentalism, a school of thought promoted by his peers. After several years of doing odd jobs, Thoreau decided to focus almost solely on his writing. For two years, he lived in a forest near Walden Pond, a period in his life that would form the inspiration for Walden, one of his most famous works based on Thoreau's ideology of simple living. Thoreau's other beliefs included a resistance to civil obedience in the event of moral opposition and a strong moral disagreement with slavery. His works comprise some of the sources for modern day environmentalism, and he continued to advocate his philosophies through published journals and poetry until his death in 1862.

For insight into how Thoreau believed government should be treated, try Civil Disobedience, which posits that personal conscience should take precedence over civil law. This and Walden, two of Thoreau's most famous works, are available as audio MP3 downloads. If you're interested in more of Thoreau's essays try out his seasonal Autumnal Tints available on audio download.

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Walden by Henry David Thoreau is one of the best-known non-fiction books written by an American. Published in 1854, it details Thoreau’s life for two years, two months, and two days around the shores of Walden Pond.

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Civil Disobedience is Thoreau's primary essay on how to interact with Government. Here the author argues that a citizen must always uphold conscience over what is prescribed by law.

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Thoreau refused to pay taxes in 1846, based on his opposition to the Mexican War, and was later jailed...

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The ultimate gift edition of Walden for bibliophiles, aficionados, and scholars.

Thoreau’s literary classic, an elegantly written record of his experiment in simple living.

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This was originally a lecture given by Thoreau in 1851 at the Concord lyceum titled "The Wild" . He revised it before his death and it was included as part of the June 1862 edition of Atlantic Monthly.

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Walden (also known as Walden; or, Life in the Woods) by Henry David Thoreau is one of the best-known non-fiction books written by an American.

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Walden is the classic account of two years spent by Henry David Thoreau living at Walden Pond near Concord, Massachusetts.

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This classical autobiographical account of solitary life in the woods by Walden Pond is one of the most influential and compelling books in American literature.

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Thoreau built his cabin near Walden Pond in 1845 on land owned by Ralph Waldo Emerson...

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Government and politics have a daily influence on our lives. The authority and responsibilities given to government affect not only our social customs but our prosperity and our freedom. The Giants of Political Thought series introduces you to the most influential thinkers on this subject through a series of dramatic presentations that explain their major works.

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