Definition of Henry David Thoreau from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


Henry David Thoreau

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(1817-62) a US writer and poet who believed strongly in the rights of individual people. As an experiment he lived a simple life for two years (1845-7) in a small wooden house near Concord, Massachusetts, and then wrote about this in Walden, or Life in the Woods (1854). He also wrote the essay Civil Disobedience (1849), a work that influenced such leaders as Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King to protest in a peaceful way. see also transcendentalism