Simplify, Simplify and Other Quotations from Henry David Thoreau

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Sampling from Walden, "Civil Disobedience," The Maine Woods, and Henry David Thoreau's abolitionist and nature writings, letters, and other texts, Kevin P. Van Anglen distills the intellectual's immense, creative, clever, and surprisingly progressive thought into 750 quotations, offering a concise and straightforward introduction to his profound philosophy. Addressing subjects ranging from English literature, the act of reading, and the art of love to independence, ecology, and democratic government, Thoreau was a true original writing at a time of burgeoning American exceptionalism, and his incomparable insight continues to thrill readers from all generations and backgrounds.

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One of America's best-loved and most-quoted thinkers, Henry David Thoreau has influenced writers around the world. The broad sweep of his thought has made him an inspiration to others as well: Thoreau's reflections on civil disobedience and on the resilience of the human spirit have served as scripture to environmentalists, antiwar activists, and protesters seeking social justice in many areas. Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., and Rachel Carson are only a few who have found guidance in his words. Simplify, Simplify distills Thoreau's massive body of work into 750 of his most profound ideas on subjects ranging from the ecology movement to English literature, from Confucius to John Milton. In this easy-to-use, subject-by-subject compendium are the most memorable passages from Walden, from his essay "Civil Disobedience", and from many of his other published writings. Simplify, Simplify provides Thoreau's insights into human destiny and human nature; his comments on integrity, morality, and truthfulness; his statements on independence, conformity, and self-reliance. Editor K. P. Van Anglen provides an informative introduction to Thoreau's life and work and a bibliography for those who wish to read further.

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K. P. Van Anglen is the author of The New England Milton: Literary Reception and Cultural Authority in the Early Republic and an editor of The Writings of Henry D. Thoreau. He is also the coeditor of Environment: An Interdisciplinary Anthology. He currently teaches English and American literature at Boston University and serves as an editor of the journal Religion and the Arts.

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