Henry David Thoreau
Thoreau was an essayist, poet and a philosopher.
His book "Walden" is a set of 18 essays describing his experience with basic, Transcendentalist living.
The essay for which Thoreau is best known is "Civil Disobedience." He wrote it after being jailed for a night.
An abolitionist, Thoreau aided slaves in the Underground Railroad and wrote a harsh denouncement of slavery with a lecture called "Slavery in Massachusetts."
Pub Date: 01/10/99