Henry David Thoreau






Issues and Themes

Though Thoreau was not really recognized in his own time, he is known today as the most challenging major American author.  He is also known as a transcendentalist along with other great writers, such as Bronson Alcott, Margaret Fuller, and Ralph Waldo Emerson.

His style of prose is exhibited in such works as The Maine Woods, "Resistance to Civil Government," and Walden.  These pieces of literature focus on the importance of nature and individualism.  Thoreau tried to convey the idea to live life, not just walk through it.  He wanted people to reevaluate their lives and see what was really important.




Written by Anna Hunt, Wendy Jernigan, Matt McNeill, and Tabitha Strickland, students, University of North Carolina at Pembroke, 1997
Edited by Mark Canada, Ph.D., professor of English, University of North Carolina at Pembroke
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