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The Thoreau You Don't Know: What the Prophet of Environmentalism Really Meant

The Thoreau You Don't Know: What the Prophet of Environmentalism Really Meant - Robert Sullivan Robert Sullivan smashes our myth of Thoreau as the technophobic, misanthropic, tree-hugging loner and in its place depicts another man, one who grew up in Concord, but went to college at Harvard, grew melons and threw an annual melon party for his Concord neighbors, took over the family business (a pencil factory!) when his father died, and accidently set fire to the woods near town. An excellent biography of Thoreau by a thoroughly enjoyable writer [ full review ]