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Henry David Thoreau

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Bickman, Martin. Walden: Volatile Truths. New York: Twayne, 1992.

Bridgman, Richard. Dark Thoreau. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1982.

Cavell, Stanley. The Senses of Walden: An Expanded Edition. San Francisco: North Point Press, 1981.

Emerson, Ralph Waldo. Essays and Lectures. New York: Library of America, 1983.

Harding, Walter, ed. Walden: An Annotated Edition. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1995.

Johnson, William C. What Thoreau Said: Walden and the Unsayable. Moscow, Idaho: University of Idaho Press, 1991.

Myerson, Joel, ed. Critical Essays on Henry David Thoreau’s Walden. Boston: G. K. Hall, 1988.

Sayre, Robert F., ed. New Essays on Walden. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992.

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Thoreau & Socialism

by CiceroBrian, February 11, 2014

The answer to question 2 accurately notes that "Thoreau is no true socialist," but fails to flesh out the primary foundation to support the statement. Socialism is a political force that is firmly rooted in collectivism where the mob (i.e. "society") uses the force of gov't to impose its will on the individuals in the minority. Thoreau clearly abhorred such vile abuse of power. He was a staunch individualist whose actions and writings were universally and diametrically opposed to use of force by the state to impose on people he understood we... Read more


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