“When the war began, Whitman was despondent, but the violence of those years seemed to strengthen and clarify his faith in democracy, a faith that would take on a transcendent dimension. ” (New York Times)
“Thoreau lives on because there is a Thoreau for everyone, says Leslie Perrin Wilson.” In that spirit, on this Thursday, we offer two very different Thoreau’s. Which is fitting for the author of Walden who therin commented on his “doubleness.”
In Defense of Thoreau
He may have been a jerk, but he still matters.
Jedediah Britton-Purdy The Atlantic October 20, 2015