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Thoreau's Late Career and "The Dispersion of Seeds:" The Saunterer's Synoptic Vision - Michael Benjamin Berger
Thoreau's Late Career and "The Dispersion of Seeds:" The Saunterer's Synoptic Vision - Michael Benjamin Berger
 
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The first full-length treatment of Thoreau's late scientific work. Explores how The Disperson of Seeds and related works manifest the unique synthesis which characterized Henry David Thoreau's late work as a writer and thinker until his untimely death in 1862 at the age of 44. This book analyzes literary features of Dispersion that make it an accomplished work of the imagination, and it applies interdisciplinary scholarship to relate Thoreau's prescient ecology to scientific issues of his days and ours. Thus it demonstrates that in his late career, Thoreau was working as scientist and poet simiultaneously. It further explores how he managed the philosophical and rhetorical tensions involved in bridging the supposed gap between science and poetry, and how, in his later career, he embraced the empirical method of scientific discovery while challenging the reductive assumptions of scientific materialism.
Camden House, 2000. Hardcover, 150 pp.

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