On Walden Pond

Walden Pond – Image by qbparis2 on flickr.com

Born this day, July 12, 1817 was Henry David Thoreau essayist, naturalist and poet. He moved into his now famous home, a small cabin on Walden Pond on July 4, 1945. From there, he wrote, Walden, or Life in the Woods (Walden) published nine years later. He died on May 6, 1862.

Thoreau’s Walden is arguably, one of the noteworthy works of modern English literature. Walden as a style/genre has influenced many writers. One example being Annie Dillard, whose work Pilgrim at Tinker Creek written in the style of Thoreau’s Walden, won her the 1975 Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction.

One never really knows how one’s written efforts may inspire/influence others beyond one’s immediate labors. Keep on.

An often quoted excerpt from Walden follows:

“I’ve learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.

– Henry David Thoreau

Published by Suzette Benjamin

Positive thinker, inspirational, writer, faith

25 thoughts on “On Walden Pond

  1. Thoreau’s time on earth ended up shortened by today’s standards, but his gift of well-crafted words inspires writers of today and fills minds of numerous readers. I always enjoy reading about his life and from his writings.

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