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By Alan D. Hodder

Whilst Henry David Thoreau died in 1862, buddies and admirers remembered him as an eccentric guy whose outer existence was once regularly fed by way of deeper religious currents. yet students have considering that concentrated nearly completely on Thoreau's literary, political, and medical contributions. This ebook bargains the 1st in-depth examine of Thoreau's non secular concept and adventure. In it Alan D. Hodder recovers the misplaced religious size of the writer's lifestyles, revealing a deeply non secular guy who, regardless of his rejection of organised faith, possessed a wealthy internal lifestyles, characterized through a kind of non-public, experiential, nature-centered, and eclectic spirituality that unearths wider expression in the United States this present day. on the center of Thoreau's existence have been episodes of excitement in nature that he more often than not known as his ecstasies. Hodder explores those representations of ecstasy all through Thoreau's writings, from the riverside reflections of his first publication via Walden and the later journals, whilst he conceived of his magazine writing as a religious self-discipline in itself and a type of discussion board within which to domesticate stories of contemplative non-attachment. In doing so, Hodder restores to our realizing

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