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Thoreau and the Language of Trees

Richard Higgins and Robert D. Richardson


Thoreau and the Language of Trees is the first in-depth study of Thoreau’s passionate engagement with trees and his writing about them. It explores his keen eye for trees as a naturalist, his creative response to them as a poet, his philosophical understanding of them, the joy they gave him and the spiritual bond he felt with them. It includes excerpts from Thoreau’s extraordinary writing about trees from 1837 to 1861, illustrated with Higgins’s photography. The excerpts show his detailed observations on trees, his sense of loss at the ravaging of the forest during his life and the delight he ... More

Keywords: Henry, Thoreau, language, trees, tree, nature, writing, keen, eye, naturalist, creative, poet, philosophical, joy, spiritual, excerpts, 1837, 1861, illustrated, detailed, observations, forest, Concord, wood, woods, miracles, emblems

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780520294042
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520294042.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Higgins, author

Robert D. Richardson, author