Henry David Thoreau Primary Sources
Historical documents. What clues can you gather about Henry David Thoreau, the time, place, players, and culture?
Thoreau's classic about life on the Pond.
The essay Thoreau wrote about his experience in jail for refusing to pay his taxes.
Thoreau's 1864 book on his sojourns in, um, the Maine woods.
Thoreau's abolitionist essay.
Emerson's 1862 essay in The Atlantic eulogizing his late friend.
The author's contemporary remembers his friend.
An essay by writer John Updike on Thoreau and his Walden.
An excerpt from a book by Vernon L. Parrington that won the 1928 Pulitzer Prize.
An 1891 essay by Thoreau-hater Joshua Caldwell.
A 1958 essay in Time Magazine about Thoreau.