Writing Thoreau: A ‘Masterpiece’ Biography

Hermit, gadfly, scientist, crank, teacher, saint—and one of America’s greatest writers: even Thoreau’s closest friends said he was too many-sided and mischievous to fit between the covers of a book. Yet each generation has tried. In the words of his latest biographer, “The Thoreau I sought was not in any book, and so I wrote this one.” Who was this Thoreau? Join Professor Walls as she describes how she wrote the life of an American icon in her latest work, “Henry David Thoreau: A Life”, winner of the 2017 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for biography. Laura Dassow Walls, William P. and Hazel B. White Professor of English presented this lecture during Reunion 2018.

June 1, 2018

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