Strong words for Henry David Thoreau

We’re still a couple of weeks out from Henry David Thoreau on the HUMN 221-09 Fall 2015 syllabus, but when we get there, it won’t be hard to find an example of HDT in the news. In a combative article titled “Pond Scum,” New Yorker writer Kathryn Schulz wants to know, “Why, given his hypocrisy, sanctimony, and misanthropy, has Thoreau been so cherished?”

It will be interesting to compare our reading of Walden and “Resistance to Civil Government” to hers.

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Paul Schacht

Paul Schacht is Professor of English at SUNY Geneseo

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