Henry David Thoreau: A Life
by Laura Dassow Walls (2017)
Discussion Leader: Randi Tanglen
Laura Dassow Walls’s new biography of Thoreau was published just in time for the 200th anniversary of Thoreau’s birth. Walls’s work reveals that the author of Walden was much more than an isolated recluse and that he lived a very social and interactive life as a writer, manual laborer, inventor, and radical political activist. He also had a great sense of humor! This biography is based on Thoreau’s published and unpublished writings and provides new insight into the writer and philosopher we thought we knew so well. Faculty in any discipline will be interested in the biography of this icon of American literature, particularly those in the fields of American studies, environmental studies, philosophy, biology, and political science. Long-time disciples and new devotees are welcome to join this group! We will meet two times in the spring to discuss this book because it is relatively long.