Henry David Thoreau Transcendentalism
Henry had first met Emerson when he attended Harvard University. Emerson was giving a lecture, as he had a book that had recently been published, Nature. He introduced Transcendentalism to Thoreau, which utterly intrigued him. Transcendentalism was a philosophical movement focused on the significance of intuition, the elevation of the spirit, and the purity of nature. Henry introduced himself after the lecture, and the two became close companions.
Henry paid his rent by performing odd jobs, like gardening. Emerson was a mentor to him and helped him get poems and essays published in the Transcendentalist journal, The Dial. He decided to refuse all other careers and devote himself to this Transcendentalist mindset and way of life. He wanted to explore and write of the “spiritual relationship between humanity and nature”, as well as supporting his political and social views. In 1845, Emerson granted him permission to use his piece of land for a place to …show more content…
He also made his living giving the occasional lecture and publishing essays in newspapers and journals. He was known as an “ardent and outspoken abolitionist” and served as a conductor of the Underground Railroad. He helped slaves make their way to Canada and wrote attacks on the Fugitive Slave Law.
He went quite unnoticed fame-wise while he was alive. A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers and Walden were the only books published by him, despite his other works written. Henry David Thoreau died from tuberculosis at the age of forty-four years, on May 6, 1862. He had been struggling with the disease all through his life. He left behind many unfinished projects, such as extensive notes on American Indians and a comprehensive record on nature around Concord.
The Maine Woods, Cape Cod, and A Yankee in Canada were published after his death. He is known to blend social criticism and philosophical insight with natural observation. His reputation has grown since his death; his works have influenced the masses. Many famous authors cared deeply for him and were inspired by his