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By William E. Cain

As an essayist, thinker, ex-pencil producer, infamous hermit, tax protester, and all-around unique philosopher, Thoreau led so singular a lifestyles that he's in many ways an ideal candidate for the ancient and biographical remedies made attainable via the old courses to American Authors sequence layout. William E. Cain, the amount editor, comprises contributions on his dating with nineteenth century authority and ideas of the land, which may help the volume's achieve past those that learn Thoreau for illumination to these common readers who love him for embodying the spirit of yankee uprising.

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The platform was draped in black crepe. " In the background was the American flag, upside down and bordered in black. After his introductory comments to the several thousand in attendance, one of whom was Thoreau, Garrison read from Scripture and then closed his Bible and lit a candle. " He burned copies of the Fugitive Slave Law and the documents that ordered Burns back to Virginia, in each instance asking the audience to answer 'Amen" in line with the formula in Deuteronomy (27:15-26). " "So perish all compromises with tyranny," to which the audience uttered "Amen" as Garrison ground the ashes under his heel.

On September 30, 1847: "For the last two or three years I have lived in Concord woods alone, something more than a mile from any neighbor, in a house built entirely by myself" (Correspondence, 186). S. government and Harvard University; he entertained friends (Emerson and Alcott, for example) and family, including his mother and sisters who brought treats to him on weekends. On August 1, 1846, Thoreau took part in an antislavery meeting, held on his cabin doorstep, at which Emerson and others spoke; and in August-September of the same year he journeyed with a cousin to Maine.

Apparently he pretty much set the manuscript aside from late 1849 to late 1851 or early 1852, though he did weave into it passages from Hindu and Chinese texts. In the first months of 1852 and thereafter Thoreau added the material that became chapters eight through eighteen. It was during this time that he included such famous passages as the description of the owl ("Sounds"), the battle of the ants ("Brute Neighbors"), the fishermen on the ice ("The Pond in Winter"), and the thawing of the sand banks and the melting of the pond ("Spring").

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