Henry David Thoreau | The Sun Magazine

Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau was born in 1817 in Concord, Massachusetts. He was an American writer, philosopher, abolitionist, and tax resister. In 1845 Thoreau built a small home on Walden Pond. He lived there close to nature for more than two years and recounted his experience in his book Walden: or, Life in the Woods, published in 1854. Thoreau died of tuberculosis in 1862.

— From February 2013
The Dog-Eared Page

excerpted from

I left the woods for as good a reason as I went there. Perhaps it seemed to me that I had several more lives to live, and could not spare any more time for that one.

February 2013
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

On The Duty Of Civil Disobedience

I have paid no poll-tax for six years. I was put into a jail once on this account, for one night; and, as I stood considering the walls of solid stone, two or three feet thick, the door of wood and iron, a foot thick, and the iron grating which strained the light, I could not help being struck with the foolishness of that institution which treated me as if I were mere flesh and blood and bones, to be locked up. . . . I saw that, if there was a wall of stone between me and my townsmen, there was a still more difficult one to climb or break through before they could get to be as free as I was.

December 1983
What Do You Think? We love getting letters to the editor for our Correspondence section.
Has something we published moved you? Fired you up? Did we miss the mark?
Send A Letter