So who is Henry David Thoreau

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He wasn't just an author he was also a naturalist, a philosophe, a historian, a surveyor and a tax resister. Walden was is best know work known as a reflection on simple living in nature. I found some other interesting information (which I'm sure I'm not the only one) online. It's only the wikipedia page but I found it to be very interesting.

Nathaniel Hawthorne and his son were good friends of Thoreau, who was born David Henry but later petitioned to change his name, and said "Thoreau is as ugly as sin, long-nosed, queer-mouthed, and with uncouth and rustic, though courteous manners, corresponding very well with such an exterior. But his ugliness is of an honest and agreeable fashion, and becomes him much better than beauty."

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