The Thoreau You Don't Know: The Father of Nature Writers on the Importance of Cities, Finance, and Fooling Around (Paperback)

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Robert Sullivan, the New York Times bestselling author of Rats and Cross Country, delivers a revolutionary reconsideration of Henry David Thoreau for modern readers of the seminal transcendentalist. Dispelling common notions of Thoreau as a lonely eccentric cloistered at Walden Pond, Sullivan (whom the New York Times Book Review calls “an urban Thoreau”) paints a dynamic picture of Thoreau as the naturalist who founded our American ideal of “the Great Outdoors;” the rugged individual who honed friendships with Ralph Waldo Emerson and other writers; and the political activist who inspired Martin Luther King, Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, and other influential leaders of progressive change. You know Thoreau is one of America’s legendary writers…but the Thoreau you don’t know may be one of America’s greatest heroes.

About the Author


Robert Sullivan is the author of The Meadowlands, A Whale Hunt, Rats, and Cross Country. A contributing editor to Vogue, his writing has also appeared in the New York Times, The New Yorker, and Dwell magazine. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two children.

Praise For…


Praise for Cross Country: “Sullivan takes us on a propulsive ride...By book’s end, you’ll feel pleasantly tripped out...wide-eyed at all the sights you’ve seen along the way.”A-
— Entertainment Weekly

Praise for Cross Country: “Sullivan adopts the mantle of an urban Thoreau.”
— New York Times Book Review

Praise for Cross Country: “’Cross Country’ is, by turns, grand, timely, intriguing...fascinating.”
— Los Angeles Times Book Review

Praise for Cross Country: “Sullivan is everybody’s dad on a long cross-country car trip -- setting schedules, getting lost and trying to make the whole experience educational.”
— Washington Post


Product Details
ISBN: 9780061710322
ISBN-10: 0061710326
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: March 8th, 2011
Pages: 368
Language: English