Kristi's Reviews > Henry David Thoreau: A Life
Henry David Thoreau: A Life
Nov 15, 2017
The greatest strength of Walls' biography of the Thoreau is her well-rounded approach to his life. Thoreau was a complex individual, whose career and character is often segmented into a partial focus. Walls writes a Thoreau, whose aspects are reunited into a whole man. Like all books, this work is not without its inconsistencies, authorial overstatements, and perhaps even errors. However, Walls' narrative is comprehensively researched, well-written, insightful, and a compassionately constructed representation of an extraordinary human life. Her work updates Thoreau scholarship with the first full-length biography published in decades. Marking Thoreau's bicentennial year, this biography represents Thoreau's legacy in the early twenty-first century. Well worth reading and reading again.
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