Readings from Henry David Thoreau for Every Day of the Year
Collected by Barry Andrews
"The true harvest of my daily life is somewhat as intangible and indescribable as the tints of morning or evening. It is a little star dust caught, a segment of the rainbow which I have clutched."
—Henry David Thoreau, Walden
A champion of the human spirit, Henry David Thoreau is a true American mystic. His words prevail in phrases such as “men live lives of quiet desperation” and “he hears a different drummer.” In True Harvest noted Thoreau scholar Barry Andrews has collected Thoreau’s writings in a 365-day format of short readings. Drawing from all of this Transcendentalist’s works—his journals, letters, books, essays and lectures—these passages reflect the breadth and imagination of their creator. They explore topics as diverse as nature, society, politics, philosophy, ethics, education, religion and social justice. True Harvest will inspire readers to use Thoreau’s words as a daily spiritual practice, a life that promotes simplicity, conscious living and quiet contemplation.
Barry Andrews is the author of Thoreau as Spiritual Guide and Emerson as Spiritual Guide and editor of A Dream Too Wild, all published by Skinner House Books. He is the minister of religious education at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock in Manhasset, New York.
Praise for True Harvest:
a superb collection of the best of Thoreau. Andrews has given us not just the
short bits everyone knows but substantial, beautiful, moving and thought
provoking passages. An essential book for anyone interested in
—Robert D. Richardson, author of Henry Thoreau: A Life of the Mind
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Last updated on Wednesday, June 2, 2010.