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Joseph Wood Krutch's "Henry David Thoreau"
Review and analysis of Krutch's book on the life of Henry David Thoreau.
# 49131 | 1,018 words | 1 source | MLA | 2004 | US
Published on Feb 27, 2004 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis)

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This paper presents the author's view of Joseph Wood Krutch's book about the life and writings of Henry David Thoreau. The paper describes Krutch's book, entitled simply "Henry David Thoreau", as more of a study on what Thoreau was all about than an biography of his life. Thus, the book, though it does include biographical information, focuses more on Thoreau's writing than his life. The paper goes on to point out that Krutch holds Thoreau in high regard and that Krutch manages to impart this feeling on his reader, which leaves the reader feeling fascinated with Thoreau's outlook on life, as well.

From the Paper:

"Krutch continues his investigations into Thoreau's philosophy on life by considering his works and the views presented in them. Interestingly, Krutch points out that Thoreau did not have one overall philosophy but that it changed over the range of his works and in many cases, contradicted itself. This is another case where something that could be perceived as a negative is presented as a positive. Krutch presents these contradiction not as a sign that Thoreau was not intelligent or focused, but rather as a sign that he was philosophizing based on his own personal journey. Once again, this can be compared to other scholars who create a philosophy and then spend their time trying to justify the philosophy. Thoreau did not take this same approach, but instead focused on experiencing everything without regard for how it would be viewed by others."

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