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“I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life”
Born in Concord, Mass. in 1817 and lived there most of his life. Graduated from Harvard at 20
Taught at his old grammar school, but refused to physically discipline the students and resigned. Started a progressive school with brother that was successful. But it closed about 3 years later.
While at Harvard, he read and was influenced by Emerson. The two became friends and he moved in with Emerson, working as a handyman (1841-1843)
He contributed to The Dial, the Transcendental magazine Emerson started. Poetry, literary essays, and the first of his nature essays.
Wrote about everything: war, slavery, wealth, vegetarianism, gardening. Most of his journal entries were turned into essays or parts of books Most of his journal entries were turned into essays or parts of books.
Life changer: built a cabin on land Emerson owned at Walden Pond in 1845
First book was published while he was there – inspired by his brother’s death. Spent time at Walden Pond reading, writing, meditating, observing.
Explores what’s important in life. Reflects changes in New England and response to industrialization. Became the cornerstone of environmentalism.