Best Cape Cod Author Henry David Thoreau –

Cape Cod Based on several trips to the Cape and originally published as a series of articles, Henry David Thoreau s Cape Cod is a remarkable work that depicts the natural beauty of Cape Cod and the nature that surrounds it Thoreau, a consummate lover of the outdoors and nature is right at home in the Cape and he details his excitement of the area with naturalist portraits of the indigenous species and animals Any lover of nature or of Cape Cod in general will delight in this captivating depiction of the area in the early to mid s

About the Author: Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau born David Henry Thoreau was an American author, naturalist, transcendentalist, tax resister, development critic, philosopher, and abolitionist who is best known for Walden, a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings, and his essay, Civil Disobedience, an argument for individual resistance to civil government in moral opposition to an unjust state.Thoreau s books, articles, essays, journals, and poetry total over 20 volumes Among his lasting contributions were his writings on natural history and philosophy, where he anticipated the methods and findings of ecology and environmental history, two sources of modern day environmentalism.In 1817, Henry David Thoreau was born in Massachusetts He graduated from Harvard University in 1837, taught briefly, then turned to writing and lecturing Becoming a Transcendentalist and good friend of Emerson, Thoreau lived the life of simplicity he advocated in his writings His two year experience in a hut in Walden, on land owned by Emerson, resulted in the classic, Walden Life in the Woods 1854 During his sojourn there, Thoreau refused to pay a poll tax in protest of slavery and the Mexican war, for which he was jailed overnight His activist convictions were expressed in the groundbreaking On the Duty of Civil Disobedience 1849 In a diary he noted his disapproval of attempts to convert the Algonquins from their own superstitions to new ones In a journal he noted dryly that it is appropriate for a church to be the ugliest building in a village, because it is the one in which human nature stoops to the lowest and is the most disgraced Cited by James A Haught in 2000 Years of Disbelief When Parker Pillsbury sought to talk about religion with Thoreau as he was dying from tuberculosis, Thoreau replied One world at a time Thoreau s philosophy of nonviolent resistance influenced the political thoughts and actions of such later figures as Leo Tolstoy, Mohandas K Gandhi, and Martin Luther King, Jr D 1862.More

10 thoughts on “Cape Cod

  1. Chrissie Chrissie says:

    This book is based on three trips that Thoreau took to Cape Cod in Oct 1849, June 1850 and July 1855 The second trip he took alone, the first and third with one companion He spent totally three weeks in Cape Cod He traveled the length of the peninsula along both the bay side and the

  2. Alan Alan says:

    This includes Thoreau s funniest, and his most plangent writing plangent, early in The Shipwreck, where he witnessed the fairly common wreck of a square rigger from Europe, this one from Ireland I do conflate this shipwreck with the one that took the life and the great MS on Garibaldi of Mar

  3. David Lentz David Lentz says:

    In his day as pioneers ventured West to settle America, it s intriguing that, as a non conformist, Thoreau ventured East He views the shore of Cape Cod as a sort of neutral ground and an advantageous point for contemplating the world There is naked Nature, inhumanly sincere, wasting no thought on man

  4. Feliks Feliks says:

    Assuredly worth adding to one s Thoreau library.some fine, fun, sea swept writing here If you want to know what it felt like to walk along the shore of Cape Cod in the 1800s and see everything that Thoreau saw this is the book for you.

  5. Lauren Lauren says:

    Henry David Thoreau s Cape Cod reads muchlike a traditional travel book than most of his work, and I found it quite accessible, even entertaining, for that reason While I don t think that Cape Cod reaches the philosophical depth of Walden, or even A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers, it is full of powerful and

  6. Duffy Pratt Duffy Pratt says:

    I think I might not be cut out for travel nature books Thoreau s writing is brilliant, and, having grown up on Long Island, I love the beach and ocean So this should be a very good fit for me And yet I found it sometimes inspiring, and at other times a bit of a chore.I d like to think that the repetitions in the book are meant

  7. Schuyler Wallace Schuyler Wallace says:

    Henry David Thoreau 1817 1862 is probably best known for Walden and Civil Disobedience Neither has the readability of Cape Cod, one of the accounts he wrote of his extensive travels He was a great travel writer, eager to describe the places he visited, using arelaxed tone with lighter philosophical inclination than that used in his con

  8. Oceana2602 Oceana2602 says:

    Oh, Mr Thoreau I m so sorry for not doing you justice and for not giving you the five stars you undoubtedly deserve But see, the rating systems asks me if I really liked the book, and well, my taste just isn t as good as your writing.I sincerely apologize.I took your book with me when I traveled to a long, rather narrow German island, that shal

  9. Adriane Devries Adriane Devries says:

    What a lovely ending to our trip to Cape Cod to spread my Dad s ashes in the Atlantic in the box of books allotted to me from his estate, I found this paperback copy of Cape Cod by Thoreau My family and I had just traversed these same shores, some two hundred years after its writing, yet so many of the places are still there, however changed Thoreau com

  10. Victoria Poon Victoria Poon says:

    very descriptive but dreary A long slow read as I find all of Thoreau But his images have stuck in my head and as I explore Cape Cod I find his perspective on the pre vacationland and its people to excite my imagination.

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