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May 6, 2013

Thoreau as Porcupine & Orchid

Henry David Thoreau   (1817 - 1862)

Henry David Thoreau (1817 – 1862)

On this day in 1862 Henry David Thoreau died at the age of forty-four, from bronchial and respiratory problems. Thoreau was an integral but prickly member of the Transcendentalist community in Massachusetts — as might be expected from the writer of “I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude,” and as described in Emerson’s funeral eulogy.

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