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Expect Great Things

The Life and Search of Henry David Thoreau

by Kevin Dann

Hardcover, 387 pages, Penguin Group USA, List Price: $30 |


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A biography highlights the spiritual side of the writer, naturalist, philosopher, historian, and transcendentalist, painting the great thinker as a mystic and natural being in an increasingly synthetic world.

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Thoreau was born 200 years ago, on July 12, 1817. He died of tuberculosis at age 44. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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If Thoreau Were Alive, He'd Be 'Shouting From The Rafters,' Biographer Says

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