The Thoreau You Don't Know: The Father of Nature Writers on the Importance of Cities, Finance, and Fooling Around (Paperback)

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A New York Times Editors' Choice

Most readers think they know Henry David Thoreau: the solitary curmudgeon with the shack out in the woods. In this delightfully engaging book, Robert Sullivan gives us the Thoreau we don't know: the gregarious adventurer, the guy who liked to go camping with friends (even if they sometimes accidentally burned the woods down). Here is no lonely eccentric but a man who danced and sang, who worked throughout his short life at the family pencil-making business, who moved into his parents' house after leaving Walden Pond and always paid his father rent. Passionate yet whimsical, The Thoreau You Don't Know asks us to cast off our misconceptions as we reexamine our everyday relationship with the natural world and one another.

About the Author


Robert Sullivan is the author of The Meadowlands, A Whale Hunt, Rats, and Cross Country. A contributing editor to Vogue, his writing has also appeared in the New York Times, The New Yorker, and Dwell magazine. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two children.

Praise for The Thoreau You Don't Know: The Father of Nature Writers on the Importance of Cities, Finance, and Fooling Around…


Praise for Cross Country: “Sullivan takes us on a propulsive ride...By book’s end, you’ll feel pleasantly tripped out...wide-eyed at all the sights you’ve seen along the way.”A-
-Entertainment Weekly

Praise for Cross Country: “Sullivan adopts the mantle of an urban Thoreau.”
-New York Times Book Review

Praise for Cross Country: “’Cross Country’ is, by turns, grand, timely, intriguing...fascinating.”
-Los Angeles Times Book Review

Praise for Cross Country: “Sullivan is everybody’s dad on a long cross-country car trip -- setting schedules, getting lost and trying to make the whole experience educational.”
-Washington Post

Product Details ISBN-10: 0061710326
ISBN-13: 9780061710322
Published: Harper Perennial, 03/01/2011
Pages: 368
Language: English