Thoreau, Henry David

[ (thuh-roh, thawr-oh) ]

A nineteenth-century American author and proponent of transcendentalism. Thoreau was a strong advocate of individual rights and an opponent of social conformity. His best-known works are the book Walden and the essay “Civil Disobedience.”

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