He taught school, dabbled in botany, improved the art of pencil-making, made public speeches, supported the Underground Railroad, and shared his bountiful data and philosophy with the world. His father was a pencil maker. He had one brother, John, Jr.
A transcendental believer, he lived his theory of civil disobedience. He was born in the city of Concord, Massachusetts. His brother, an ornithologist, had a great influence on his life.
His formal education started at the Concord Academy and then went on at Harvard College.
Upon graduation returned to Concord and taught school. A lifelong friendship and association with Ralph Waldo Emerson began with introductions to other writers: Emerson invited Thoreau to live at his residence with his family then offered him the use of his woodlot at Walden Pond.
He constructed a one room house. He studied natural history, gardened, wrote in his journal, read, and drafted his first book, "A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers.
He continued to write and lectured around New England becoming increasingly involved with the social and political issues of the time.
He helped runaway slaves escape to Canada. His essay, "Civil Disobedience," brought him international recognition.
Suffering from tuberculosis, he contracted a bad cold while on a nature outing. His mother and sister tended to him before he died at age No other cemetery in the land has such a concentration of notable authors in one place.
The"Yellow House" in Concord where Thoreau lived in the attic a good part of his life with the room where he wrote much of "Walden," his essays and journal is preserved and open to visitors.
He died in the downstairs parlor. Walden Park State Reservation: This was a natural forest area surrounded by farmland when Thoreau went to live and work at Walden Pond. Here he stayed two years keeping a journal of his thoughts and encounters with nature.
The result was the published book, "Walden.
Henry David Thoreau () BIOGRAPHY Henry David Thoreau (), American Transcendentalist, philosopher, abolitionist, naturalist, essayist, and poet wrote Walden; or, Life in the Woods (). Writing on such varied topics as Economy, Reading, Winter Animals, and Solitude, Thoreau spent just over two years in a cabin he built on . Thoreau, Henry David, Created / Published Chicago, New York, Scott, Foresman and company [c]. The writings of Henry David Thoreau by Thoreau, Henry David, ; Torrey, Bradford, ; Sanborn, F. B. (Franklin Benjamin), .
The little house was bought by a farmer and moved to his property where it was used to store grain and eventually dismantled and lost. The pond area has been a popular public park area since the latter part of the 19th century encompassing everything from concessions, boats, halls for dining, dancing, a place for public speaking and July 4th festivals and commercial associations.
Eventually the property including the pond was obtained by the State of Massachusetts and it became a park with a designation by the National Park Service as an historical site.Thoreau, Henry David, Created / Published Chicago, New York, Scott, Foresman and company [c].
The most extensive time line of Thoreau's life is Ray Borst's The Thoreau Log: A Documentary Life of Henry David Thoreau, (New York: G.
K. Hall, ), over six hundred pages of information about day-by-day events in Thoreau's life. Shmoop Biography study guides and teacher resources. Biographies of authors, leaders, and innovators. Henry David Thoreau.
American essayist, poet, and practical philosopher, Henry David Thoreau was a New England Transcendentalist and author of the book Walden. Henry David Thoreau was born David Henry Thoreau in Concord, Massachusetts, into the "modest New England family" of John Thoreau, a pencil maker, and Cynthia Dunbar.
His paternal grandfather had been born on the UK crown dependency island of Jersey. Main interests: Ethics, Poetry, Religion, Politics, Biology, Philosophy, History.
David Henry Thoreau was born on July 12, , in Concord, Massachusetts, to John Thoreau and Cynthia Dunber. His father was a pencil maker. He had one brother, John, Jr., and two sisters, Helen and Sophia.