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Henry David Thoreau (Portrait)

Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862) was a writer, critic and philosopher. Walden, his most famous work, is a description of simple living. The ideas of Thoreau have been an inspiration for modern environmentalists and the green movement. He studied at Harvard from 1833 to 1837, apart from a gap year in 1835 when he was teaching. In 1845 he started a simple living project; he lived in a small cabin and thought about the meaning of life. Political leaders such as Gandhi and Martin Luther King have said that they have been hugely influenced by Thoreau, especially by his essay ”Civil Disobedience”.

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