Night and Moonlight
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Night and Moonlight


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“Night and Moonlight” is an 1863 essay by American essayist Henry David Thoreau that explores the moon and its place in literary tradition. Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862) was an American poet, philosopher, and essayist most famous for his book “Walden” and his essay "Civil Disobedience", which advocated disobedience against unjust governments and influenced such notable figures as Mahatma Gandhi, Leo Tolstoy, and Martin Luther King Jr. His corpus included more than 20 volumes of poetry, essays, journals, articles and books covering a range of subjects from natural history to philosophy and beyond. A fascinating essay by a seminal writer not to be missed by those with an interest in literature and related subjects. Other notable works by this author include: “A Walk to Wachusett” (1842), “Paradise (to be) Regained” (1843), and “The Landlord” (1843). Read & Co. Great Essays is publishing this classic essay now complete with a biographical sketch of the author by Ralph Waldo Emerson.



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Date de parution 14 août 2020
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EAN13 9781528790635
Langue English

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First published in 1863

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"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practise resignation, unless it was quite necessary. . . "
— Henry Dav id Thoreau, Walden, 1854

By Ralph W aldo Emerson
An Essay by Henry D avid Thoreau

By Ralph Waldo Emerson
Henry David Thoreau was the last male descendant of a French ancestor who came to this country from the Isle of Guernsey. His character exhibited occasional traits drawn from this blood in singular combination with a very strong S axon genius.
He was born in Concord, Massachusetts, on the 12th of July, 1817. He was graduated at Harvard College in 1837, but without any literary distinction. An iconoclast in literature, he seldom thanked colleges for their service to him, holding them in small esteem, whilst yet his debt to them was important. After leaving the University, he joined his brother in teaching a private school, which he soon renounced. His father was a manufacturer of lead-pencils, and Henry applied himself for a time to this craft, believing he could make a better pencil than was then in use. After completing his experiments, he exhibited his work to chemists and artists in Boston, and having obtained their certificates to its excellence and to its equality with the best London manufacture, he returned home contented. His friends congratulated him that he had now opened his way to fortune.

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