In ‘Walden,’ Thoreau mastered the art of social distancing


‘Walden, or, Life in the Woods’ by Henry David Thoreau, Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1854

Can it be that Henry David Thoreau’s “Walden, or, Life in the Woods” was 175 years old just a year ago? Can it be that “Walden” just might bear more than a passing resemblance to the lives we are living right now?

Like his mentor and friend Ralph Waldo Emerson, Thoreau embraced the teachings of Transcendentalism, a kind of philosophical Romanticism that relied on the intuition and the conscience. It embraced individuality, self-reliance and the unity of man and nature.