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The Thoreau you don't know : what the prophet of environmentalism really meant

Author: Robert Sullivan
Publisher: New York : Collins, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"Thoreau is one of those authors that readers think they know, even if they don't. He's the solitary curmudgeon with the shack out in the woods, the mystic worshipping solemnly in the quiet church of nature. He's our national Natural Man, the prophet of environmentalism. But here Robert Sullivan--who himself has been called an 'urban Thoreau' (New York Times Book Review) --presents the Thoreau you don't know: the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Henry David Thoreau; Henry David Thoreau
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Sullivan
ISBN: 9780061710315 0061710318
OCLC Number: 232978239
Notes: Includes index.
Description: x, 354 p. ; 22 cm.
Contents: The Thoreau you don't know --
Where he was coming from --
Reading transcendental --
A life with principle --
A free-lance --
When the woods burned --
The road to Walden --
A place to work --
Imagine a city --
After Walden --
Autumn --
Perfectly distinct.
Responsibility: Robert Sullivan.
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"Thoreau is one of those authors that readers think they know, even if they don't. He's the solitary curmudgeon with the shack out in the woods, the mystic worshipping solemnly in the quiet church of nature. He's our national Natural Man, the prophet of environmentalism. But here Robert Sullivan--who himself has been called an 'urban Thoreau' (New York Times Book Review) --presents the Thoreau you don't know: the activist, the organizer, the gregarious adventurer, the guy who likes to go camping with friends (even if they sometimes accidentally burn the woods down). Sullivan shows us not a lonely eccentric but a man in his growing village, and argues that Walden was a book intended to revive America, a communal work forever pigeonholed as a reclusive one--and that this misreading is at the heart of our troubled relationship with the environment today."--Publisher description.

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