Henry David Thoreau

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Top 10 books about self-improvement | Anna Katharina Schaffner
In time for new year resolutions, a cultural historian chooses some of the best guides to making a better life, dating back to some of our earliest literature

Anna Katharina Schaffner

29, Dec, 2021 @11:00 AM

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Poem of the week: Sic Vita by Henry David Thoreau
Before he became a pioneering ecological thinker, Thoreau was a poet and this youthful work contains the blueprint for his development

Carol Rumens

06, Jul, 2020 @10:00 AM

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Going offline: the benefits of a break from the internet
Life gets simple, quickly, when you unplug the web. The best way to do it is to go off-grid, as our writer has discovered from Wales to the US

Kevin Rushby

27, Apr, 2019 @9:00 AM

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Top 10 books about idleness | Josh Cohen
From Oscar Wilde to Sigmund Freud and David Foster Wallace, a psychoanalyst recommends reading that turns a critical eye on busyness

Josh Cohen

06, Feb, 2019 @10:41 AM

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Not Working by Josh Cohen - the benefits of idleness
A polemic against our overwork culture and a manifesto for just being rather than doing ... let’s learn from the slackers

Barbara Taylor

12, Jan, 2019 @12:00 PM

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Carys Davies’ top 10 wilderness books
From Eric Newby’s bliss in the Hindu Kush to Paul Bowles’s Saharan horrors, the novelist shares her favourite visions of unfathomable territory

Carys Davies

09, May, 2018 @10:23 AM

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Pee and pesticides: Thoreau's Walden Pond in trouble, warn scientists
Immortalised for its beauty by Henry David Thoreau, the Massachusetts pond is under threat from increased human activity and climate change according to a new study

Alison Flood

06, Apr, 2018 @12:17 PM

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Bacon and eggs for every meal: absurd diets of the rich and famous
Lucian Freud had breakfast at the same restaurant every morning for 15 years, Balzac drank up to 50 cups of coffee a day and Steve Jobs spent weeks at a time eating only apples and carrots

Killian Fox

15, Oct, 2017 @2:00 PM

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Henry David Thoreau by Laura Dassow Walls review – radical, unsettling, relevant
A superb new biography of the seer of Walden Pond reconsiders his reputation as tax-refuser, recluse, environmentalist and writer

Sarah Bakewell

10, Aug, 2017 @6:30 AM

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In Thoreau's footsteps: my journey to Walden for the bicentennial of the original de-clutterer
He retreated to a cabin by a pond and wrote Walden, the most influential guide to happy living ever. As his devotees (modestly) celebrate his bicentennial, our writer follows in the footsteps of Henry David Thoreau

Rafia Zakaria

12, Jul, 2017 @4:54 PM

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The 100 best nonfiction books: No 69 – Essays by RW Emerson (1841)
New England’s inventor of ‘transcendentalism’ is still revered today for his high-minded thoughts on individuality, freedom and nature

Robert McCrum

29, May, 2017 @4:45 AM

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The 100 best nonfiction books: No 64 – Walden by Henry David Thoreau (1854)
This account of one man’s rejection of American society has influenced generations of free thinkers

Robert McCrum

24, Apr, 2017 @4:45 AM

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