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Henry David Thoreau by Laura Dassow Walls
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really liked it

If I wasn't charmed by Thoreau before reading this biography, I certainly am now.

Having read Walden, unearthing more of his biographical details and investigating more of his political context deepened my appreciation for his work and perspective. His keen sense of nature as an all-encompassing cycle sets him apart as a 19th century thinker - his ideas wonderfully blending the poetic, philosophic, and scientific.

What this read did for me perhaps more than anything else was to situate and clarify a beautiful anachronism Thoreau uttered at the end of his time on earth, "Thus in the midst of death we are in life."
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January 23, 2018 – Shelved
January 23, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
February 26, 2018 – Started Reading
March 10, 2018 – Finished Reading

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