Henry David Thoreau

1817 - 1862

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Henry David Thoreau (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 6,861,407 page views. His biography is available in 77 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 75 in 2019). Henry David Thoreau is the 119th most popular writer (up from 208th in 2019), the 90th most popular biography from United States (up from 163rd in 2019) and the 9th most popular American Writer.

Henry David Thoreau is most famous for his book Walden, in which he describes the two years he spent living in a cabin near Walden Pond.

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Among writers, Henry David Thoreau ranks 119 out of 5,794Before him are Vladimir Nabokov, Samuel Beckett, Anatole France, Alexandre Dumas fils, Ismail I, and Jean Cocteau. After him are Jean de La Fontaine, Hafez, Federico García Lorca, Plautus, Rudyard Kipling, and Robert Louis Stevenson.

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Among people born in 1817, Henry David Thoreau ranks 1After him are Theodor Mommsen, Bahá'u'lláh, Ivan Aivazovsky, William III of the Netherlands, Louise of Hesse-Kassel, Adolphe, Grand Duke of Luxembourg, Charles-François Daubigny, Archduke Albrecht, Duke of Teschen, Syed Ahmad Khan, Niels Gade, and Princess Clémentine of Orléans. Among people deceased in 1862, Henry David Thoreau ranks 2Before him is Martin Van Buren. After him are John Tyler, Samuel Colt, Jean-Baptiste Biot, James Clark Ross, Bahadur Shah Zafar, Mikhail Ostrogradsky, Alfred I, Prince of Windisch-Grätz, Fromental Halévy, Božena Němcová, and Karl Nesselrode.

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Among people born in United States, Henry David Thoreau ranks 90 out of 15,968Before him are James Dean (1931), Bob Dylan (1941), Jimi Hendrix (1942), Debbie Reynolds (1932), Tina Turner (1939), and Rosa Parks (1913). After him are Meryl Streep (1949), Bill Clinton (1946), Stan Lee (1922), Charles Bronson (1921), Michael Douglas (1944), and Edwin Hubble (1889).

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Among writers born in United States, Henry David Thoreau ranks 9Before him are Mark Twain (1835), F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896), Jack London (1876), Robert Frost (1874), Toni Morrison (1931), and Stephen King (1947). After him are J. D. Salinger (1919), John Steinbeck (1902), H. P. Lovecraft (1890), William Faulkner (1897), Ray Bradbury (1920), and Herman Melville (1819).