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Kyle Gann

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040856

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040856.001.0001

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“Thoreau” The Essay

“Thoreau” The Essay

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Charles Ives's Concord

Kyle Gann

University of Illinois Press

Ives’s “Thoreau” essay defends that writer from dismissive critical opinions that were still prevalent in the very early 20th century. Though clearly sympathizing with Thoreau, he feels a need to apologize for Thoreau in three areas: his antisocialness and sometimes rudeness; his self-distancing from organized religion; and his contemptuous attitude toward money.

Keywords:   Robert Louis Stevenson, Mark Van Doren, James Russell Lowell, Edward Emerson, John Burroughs, economics, religion

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