Prophet in the Marketplace: Thoreau's Development as a Professional Writer. By Steven Fink. Princeton. $35.
That Henry David Thoreau is one of our major 19th-century American writers is accepted axiomatically nowadays. Yet, if one examines his e [...]
It is platitudinous—almost—that the life of the literary or historical researcher is monumentally dull. He spends his time—hours, days, weeks, months, and years of it—crawling around in dank basements and dusty, spider-filled attics of lib [...]
When Thoreau in 1853 was asked to join the Association for the Advancement of Science (now the "triple A's," or American Association for the Advancement of Science) our country's most prestigious scientific organization, it took him nine months to [...]