Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862). A Short Biography. Of the men and women who made Concord the center of Transcendentalism, only Thoreau was born there. He attended Harvard He might have made a career as a school teacher, but he resigned rather than inflict corporal punishment.
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Emerson recognized and dismissed evil.
Career as a lecturer.
Thoreau valued the past, especially books. He both quotes and values reading.
Thoreau recognized evil and railed against it.
No career; odd jobs.Emerson and Thoreau
Both Thoreau and Emerson inveigh against business, especially the rising consumer society devoted to arousing “artificial wants.”