About the Author
Henry David Thoreau (July 12, 1817 - May 6, 1862) was an American author, poet, philosopher, abolitionist, naturalist, tax resister, development critic, surveyor, historian, and leading transcendentalist. He is best known for his book "Walden," a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings, and his essay "Civil Disobedience," an argument for individual resistance to civil government in moral opposition to an unjust state. Foreword writer Richard F. Fleck is author of many books including "Henry Thoreau and John Muir Among the Indians," editor of John Muir's "Mountaineering Essays," "A Colorado River Reader, " which was selected by the National Endowment for the Humanities to be the reader for seven states project 2001-2. He contributed a biography of John Burroughs for the "Encyclopedia of New York State." Fleck is also the author of numerous introductions to trade paperback editions including Henry David Thoreau's "Maine Woods, " John Muir's "Our National Parks, "and Samuel Hall Young's "Alaska Days with John Muir."
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