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Thoreau's Ecstatic Witness
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Thoreau's Ecstatic Witness

Alan Hodder

Abstract

When Henry David Thoreau died in 1862, friends and admirers remembered him as an eccentric man whose outer life was continuously fed by deeper spiritual currents. But scholars have since focused almost exclusively on Thoreau's literary, political, and scientific contributions. This book offers a study of Thoreau's religious thought and experience. It recovers the lost spiritual dimension of the writer's life, revealing a deeply religious man who, despite his rejection of organized religion, possessed a rich inner life, characterized by a sort of personal, experiential, nature-centered, and ecl ... More

Keywords: Henry David Thoreau, eccentricity, spirituality, religious thought, America, nature, ecstasies, Walden, non-attachment

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780300089592
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300089592.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alan Hodder, author