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This is the first book length biography of Thoreau, written by one of his closest friends. Franklin Benjamin Sanborn graduated from Harvard in 1855 and settled in Concord as a schoolteacher, where his pupils included the children of Emerson, Hawthorne, and the elder Henry James. He was also a close friend of Thoreau and the Alcott family. Contents include: Childhood and Youth; Concord and Its Famous People; The Transcendental Period; Friends and Companions; The Walden Hermitage; Personal Traits and Social Life; Poet, ...

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