The Reader and the Classics in Thoreau's Walden

Klevay, Robert
October 2011
Concord Saunterer;2011/2012, Vol. 19/20, p192
Academic Journal
Literary Criticism
The article examines the attitude of the American author and historian Henry David Thoreau towards the classics and contends that his use of the classics in his book "Walden" is more complex than has been generally believed. His encouragement of readers to ascertain the shortcomings of the classics despite his veneration of them is explored. Thoreau's reading of his own meaning into the words of the Roman lyric poet Horace is also cited as an indication of his interest in Transcendentalism.


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