Ralph's book about nature and living in it. Immersing yourself in it,
studying and writing. This is the story of the two years, two months and
two days he spent living on Walden Pond.
This book has inspired the lives of many people and some of them even
The book is about solitude yet Ralph states in the book often that
Walden was on the edge of town and he visited people frequently.
July 12, 1817 – May 6, 1862
Thoreau was born in Concord, Massachusetts to John and Cynthia. Henry's
father was a pencil maker, a family occupation passed down from his
Henry went to Harvard between 1833 and 1837 and studied rhetoric,
classics, philosophy, mathematics and science.
Henry returned the Concorde to become a teacher. Henry and his brother
John started a school that seemed to work pretty good for a while,
teaching about nature and visiting local businesses, as well as the
standard school curriculum of the day.
Thoreau loved nature and philosophy, while living in Concord he met
Ralph Waldo Emerson. This
friendship would impact Henry's life in a way he probably could never
have imagined. Ralph let Henry live on his land and even build a log
The property Ralph let Henry live on was Walden Pond.
Ralph died at the age of 44 from long bouts of tuberculosis. He loved
visiting nature and sleeping under the trees for days or even weeks.
Some of his sickness is attributed to the cold evenings spent sleeping