Henry David Thoreau - At Walden Pond

Between 1845 and 1847, Henry David Thoreau decided to spend two years in a small cabin - located in the woods in Concord, Massachusetts, near Walden Pond - to see what it would be like to withdraw from the constant demands and "busyness" of daily life. 

As he writes in Walden:

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.  (Thoreau, Walden, Volume 1, page 143.) 

In this clip, Professor Richard H. Baker - a Transcendentalist scholar - gives an overview of Thoreau and the lessons he tried to learn when living in his Walden-Pond cabin (which no longer exists, in its original form). 


Clip from "Teaching Henry David Thoreau" from the American Literary Classics - The Transcendentalists series (from TMW Media).  Copyright, TMW Media, all rights reserved.  Clip provided here as fair use for educational purposes and to acquaint new viewers with the series.  Online, courtesy TMWMedia's Channel at YouTube.

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