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About the Author

Henry David Thoreau was born on July 12, 1817, in Concord, Massachusetts. The famous American writer is known as a romantic, transcendentalist, philosopher, and naturalist. Parents John Thoreau and Cynthia Dunbar raised David Henry and his siblings Henry, John, Jr., and Sophia in Concord where his father worked as a pencil maker. Thoreau taught in Concord in 1835 while on a leave of absence from Harvard, and he took a position with the Concord Public School after graduation in 1837. His opposition to corporal punishment prompted him to start an elementary school, the Concord Academy, with his brother John the following year. The Concord Academy educated students through firsthand...

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