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A Thoreau Profile
A Thoreau Profile - Milton Meltzer, Walter Harding
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"Drawn largely in his own words with 250 pictures." Includes not only every known portrait of Thoreau made from life, but a full array of daguerrotypes, photographs, paintings, drawings, cartoons, broadsides, news clippings, maps, and charts of his Concord contemporaries, his friends, and their times. Although there were many biographies of Thoreau at the time, this was the first book to portray his life graphically. The text is derived for the most part from Thoreau's own autobiographical writings, supplemented on occasion by the writings of his friends and contemporaries.
The Thoreau Society, 1962. 1998 reprint. Paperback. 310 p.
Concord Authors
Concord Authors, Alex Moore
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Moore, Alex W., Jr. Concord Authors: Biographical Notes. Concord: Anaxagoras Publications, 1996. Booklet. 26 pp.

This handy booklet traces the lives of four of Concord's nineteenth century writers: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry David Thoreau and Louisa May Alcott. The timeline format clarifies the interconnectedness of these authors and their families.

The Adventures of Henry Thoreau - Michael Sims (Paperback)
The Adventures of Henry Thoreau - Michael Sims (Paperback)
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A Young Man's Unlikely Path to Walden Pond." A biography that begins with Thoreau's childhood and ends when Thoreau is in his late twenties. Much of it is derived from writings of his nineteenth century contemporaries. In the author's words, "My own book moves toward and culminates in this turning point (Thoreau's 2 years at Walden Pond- writing of 'A Week" and beginning of 'Walden') as a quirky but talented young man named Henry evolves into an original and insightful writer named Thoreau."
Bloomsbury, 2015. Paperback, 372 pp.
Expect Great Things: The Life and Search of Henry David Thoreau - Kevin Dann (Paperback)
Expect Great Things: The Life and Search of Henry David Thoreau - Kevin Dann (Paperback)
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Sees Thoreau's world as the seeker himself saw it: filled with wonder and mystery; Native American myths and lore; wood sylphs, nature spirits and fairies; battles between good and evil; and heroic struggles to live as a natural being in an increasingly synthetic world. Critically and authoritatively captures Thoreau's simultaneously wild and intellectually keen sense of the mystical, mythical, and supernatural. This book was reviewed in Thoreau Society Bulletin 300 (Winter 2018), pp. 15-16.
TarcherPerigee, Random House, Paperback, 387 pp, 6 x 9 inch format, Also available in hardback.
The Days of Henry Thoreau: A Biography - Walter Harding
The Days of Henry Thoreau: A Biography - Walter Harding
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The classic 1965 biography of Henry Thoreau by Thoreau Society founder Walter Harding. Still one of the standard and most readable of Thoreau's biographies.
Dover Publications, 1982. Paperback 6 x 9 inch format, 498 pp.
Henry David Thoreau: A Life - Laura Dassow Walls (Paperback)
Henry David Thoreau: A Life - Laura Dassow Walls (Paperback)
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Two hundred years after his birth, and two generations after the last full-scale biography, Laura Dassow Walls has written a new life of Henry David Thoreau, giving us a Thoreau in all his profound, inspiring complexity.“The Thoreau I sought was not in any book, so I wrote this one,” says Walls. The result is a Thoreau unlike any seen since he walked the streets of Concord, a Thoreau for our time and all time. This book was reviewed in Thoreau Society Bulletin 298, Summer 2017, p. 12. Also available in hardcover.
University of Chicago Press, 2017, 2018. Paperback, 615 pp.
My Friend, My Friend: The Story of Thoreau's Relationship with Emerson - Harmon Smith
My Friend, My Friend: The Story of Thoreau's Relationship with Emerson - Harmon Smith
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An account of the intense, shifting friendship between Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson. Harmon Smith emphasizes their personal bond, but also shows how the relationship affected their thought and writing, and was in turn influenced by their careers. This book was reviewed in Thoreau Society Bulletin 234, Winter 2001, p. 6.
University of Massachusetts Press, 2001. 216 pp. Paperback.
The Thoreau You Don't Know - Robert Sullivan
The Thoreau You Don't Know - Robert Sullivan
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First Edition. A biography of Thoreau, subtitled "What the Prophet of Environmentalism Really Meant." A different outlook -- new ideas - excellently written -- You don't have to be a "Thoreauvian" to understand and enjoy this. This book was reviewed in Thoreau Society Bulletin 268, Fall 2009, p. 9.
Harper Collins, 2009, hard cover, 350 pp.
Thoreau in His Own Time: A Biographical Chronicle of His Life, Drawn from Recollections, Memoirs, and Interviews by Friends and Associates - Sandra H. Petrulionis
Thoreau in His Own Time: A Biographical Chronicle of His Life, Drawn from Recollections, Memoirs, and Interviews by Friends and Associates - Sandra H. Petrulionis
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Edited by Sandra H. Petrulionis. Part of the "Writers in Their Own Time" series.
More than any other Transcendentalist of his time, Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) embodied the full complement of the movement's ideals and vocations: author, advocate for self-reform, stern critic of society, abolitionist, philosopher, and naturalist. The Thoreau of our time - valorized anarchist, founding environmentalist, and fervid advocate of civil disobedience - did not exist in the nineteenth century. In this rich and appealing collection, Sandra Harbert Petrulionis untangles Thoreau's multiple identities by offering a wide range of nineteenth-century comment. This book was reviewed in Thoreau Society Bulletin 286, Summer 2014, p. 5.
Published March, 2012. Paper Back, 6 x 9 inch format, 239 pp.
Expect Great Things: The Life and Search of Henry David Thoreau - Kevin Dann (Hardcover)
Expect Great Things: The Life and Search of Henry David Thoreau - Kevin Dann (Hardcover)
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Sees Thoreau's world as the seeker himself saw it: filled with wonder and mystery; Native American myths and lore; wood sylphs, nature spirits and fairies; battles between good and evil; and heroic struggles to live as a natural being in an increasingly synthetic world. Critically and authoritatively captures Thoreau's simultaneously wild and intellectually keen sense of the mystical, mythical, and supernatural. This book was reviewed in Thoreau Society Bulletin 300 (Winter 2018), pp. 15-16.
TarcherPerigee, Random House, Hardcover, 387 pp, 6 x 9 inch format, Also available in paperback.