Henry David Thoreau is a hardy New England perennial. In our season he has come to flower in resistance movements all over...

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THOREAU IN OUR SEASON

Henry David Thoreau is a hardy New England perennial. In our season he has come to flower in resistance movements all over the world. This is but one aspect explored in the present volume, which is drawn mainly from the Autumn 1962 Massachusetts Review, where it appeared as ""A Centenary Gathering for Henry David Thoreau."" The author of Civil Disobedience is cited by Martin Luther King, Jr. (""I became convinced then that non-cooperation with evil is as much a moral obligation as is cooperation with good""), by members of the Danish underground in WWII, by South Africans, by Martin Buber. Other contributors look to the literary man (Baird says he was ""a literary man put to non-literary uses""), to the naturalist. Then there is the inner man probed by Bode in psychoanalytic terms, the individualist who in Truman Nelson's words ""came finally to realize that there is an exalted form of individualism which merges into universality and becomes one with it."" The testimony is not always testimonial and serves a purpose as serviceable assessment of a supplementary order.

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1966