Together in one volume, Emerson's Nature and Thoreau's Walking, is writing that defines our distinctly American relationship to nature.
About the Author
Philosophe, essayiste et poete, Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) est une figure de proue du transcendantalisme americain. D'une grande rigueur morale, ce maitre a penser de sa generation s'efforcera, sa vie durant, d'appliquer les idees transcendantalistes a la vie politique et culturelle de son pays dans laquelle il est pleinement engage car l'homme de lettres est aussi un homme public qui defendra notamment la cause du Nord pendant la guerre de Secession.
Henry David Thoreau was an American author, poet, and philosopher, who is best known for his works Walden--a treatise about living in concert with the natural world--and Civil Disobedience, in which he espoused the need to morally resist the actions of an unjust state. Thoreau's work heavily reflects the ideologies of the American transcendentalists, and he has long been considered a leading figure in the movement along with Ralph Waldo Emerson, Bronson Alcott, and, at first, Nathaniel Hawthorne (who changed his views later in life). In addition to his writing, which totaled more than twenty volumes, Thoreau was an active abolitionist, and lectured regularly against the Fugitive Slave Law. Thoreau died in 1862, and is buried along with Louisa May Alcott, Ellery Channing, and other notable Americans in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord, Massachusetts.