Expect Great Things

Expect Great Things

The Life and Search of Henry David Thoreau

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"To coincide with the bicentennial of Thoreau's birth in 2017, this thrilling, meticulous biography by naturalist and historian Kevin Dann fills a gap in our understanding of one modern history's most important spiritual visionaries by capturing the full arc of Thoreau's life as a mystic, spiritual seeker, and explorer in transcendental realms. This sweeping, epic biography of Henry David Thoreau sees Thoreau's world as the mystic himself saw it: filled with wonder and mystery; Native American myths and lore; wood sylphs, nature spirits, and fairies; battles between good and evil; and heroic struggles to live as a natural being in an increasingly synthetic world. Above all, Expect Great Things critically and authoritatively captures Thoreau's simultaneously wild and intellectually keen sense of the mystical, mythical, and supernatural. Other historians have skipped past or undervalued these aspects of Thoreau's life. In this groundbreaking work, historian and naturalist Kevin Dann restores Thoreau's esoteric visions and explorations to their rightful place as keystones of the man himself"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, New York : TarcherPerigee, [2017]
ISBN: 9780399184666
Characteristics: 387 pages ; 24 cm

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xiaojunbpl12
Aug 01, 2017

Beautifully written, I cannot imagine any better form of a tribute. I'd give 5 stars if I'd managed to navigate through more smoothly. I will read again after digest Thoreau's writings further, and perhaps even after understand Emerson more.
Emerson, had a good grasp of his friend's temperament and endeavor, couldn't fully appreciate Thoreau then. I doubt any contemporary "Emerson" would do better now. We live in a world that make "Thoreau" more and more like a marginal oddity. An ambitious leader is in higher demand for mankind fulfillment (of what?).

The book may not please many. A naturalist inclination (rather than a rigid scientist) plus artistic mind (with discipline) can prepare one to see through his eyes, as a start.

I'm still hoping Thoreau could stay or become (if not yet) an exemplary American for many more generations.

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