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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

Chapter:
(p.230) 10 “Thoreau” The Essay
Source:
Charles Ives's Concord
Author(s):

Kyle Gann

Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252040856.003.0010

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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