Henry David Thoreau

1817 - 1862

Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau (see name pronunciation; July 12, 1817 – May 6, 1862) was an American naturalist, essayist, poet, and philosopher. A leading transcendentalist, he is best known for his book Walden, a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings, and his essay "Civil Disobedience" (originally published as "Resistance to Civil Government"), an argument for disobedience to an unjust state. Thoreau's books, articles, essays, journals, and poetry amount to more than 20 volumes. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Henry David Thoreau has received more than 5,453,691 page views. His biography is available in 75 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 210th most popular writer.

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Among writers, Henry David Thoreau ranks 208 out of 4,883Before him are Tristan Tzara, William Golding, Stanisław Lem, Quintilian, Walt Whitman, and Mario Vargas Llosa. After him are Adam Mickiewicz, Alice Munro, Ahmad ibn Hanbal, C. S. Lewis, Pearl S. Buck, and Sallust.

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Among people born in 1817, Henry David Thoreau ranks 2Before him is Theodor Mommsen. After him are Bahá'u'lláh, Ivan Aivazovsky, William III of the Netherlands, Adolphe, Grand Duke of Luxembourg, Charles-François Daubigny, Louise of Hesse-Kassel, Niels Gade, Archduke Albrecht, Duke of Teschen, Syed Ahmad Khan, and Theodor Storm. Among people deceased in 1862, Henry David Thoreau ranks 2Before him is Martin Van Buren. After him are Samuel Colt, Jean-Baptiste Biot, John Tyler, James Clark Ross, Bahadur Shah Zafar, Alfred I, Prince of Windisch-Grätz, Mikhail Ostrogradsky, Fromental Halévy, Božena Němcová, and Karl Nesselrode.

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Among people born in United States, Henry David Thoreau ranks 163 out of 12,171Before him are Gene Cernan (1934), Walt Whitman (1819), John Rawls (1921), Steve McQueen (1930), James Monroe (1758), and Brigham Young (1801). After him are John Travolta (1954), Gregory Peck (1916), Louis Sullivan (1856), Johnny Depp (1963), Patti Smith (1946), and Ted Bundy (1946).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Henry David Thoreau ranks 18Before him are Herman Melville (1819), Ray Bradbury (1920), Dale Carnegie (1888), Coen brothers (null), J. D. Salinger (1919), and Walt Whitman (1819). After him are Pearl S. Buck (1892), Philip K. Dick (1928), Henry Miller (1891), Ezra Pound (1885), Jack Kerouac (1922), and Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803).