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The Life of Henry David Thoreau

University of Chicago Press

Henry David Thoreau famously went to Walden Pond to “live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life.” But as the scholar Laura Dassow Walls shows in a new biography, there was much more to Thoreau’s life and work than his brief experiment at Spartan living in the woods. He was an inventor, a manual laborer, a gifted naturalist, a writer of great originality, and an uncompromising abolitionist. Walls joins us Monday to explore Thoreau’s profound, complex, and influential life.

Laura Dassow Walls is the William P. and Hazel B. White Professor of English at Notre Dame University’s Graduate Program in History and Philosophy of Science. Her new book is called Henry David Thoreau: A Life [Independent booksellers|Amazon].