National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshop for Teachers

Living and Writing Deliberately:

The Concord Landscapes and Legacy of Henry Thoreau


(Workshop faculty noted in bold)

See the daily schedule for the specific assigned readings. The others will be helpful resources to select from according to your teaching area.

• Cramer, Jeffrey, ed. “Introduction.” Walden: A Fully Annotated Edition. Yale University Press, 2004.

Emerson, Ralph Waldo. “Nature.”
_____. “Thoreau.”

Finley, James. Henry David Thoreau in Context. Cambridge University Press, 2017.

Foster, David. Thoreau’s Country: Journey Through a Transformed Landscape. Harvard University Press, 2001.

Gross, Robert. “Outsiders.” The Transcendentalists and their World. Hill & Wang, 2017.
_____. “‘The Nick of Time’: Coming of Age in Thoreau’s Concord.” Talk delivered at the Thoreau Society Annual Gathering, 2015.

 _____.“That Terrible Thoreau?: Concord and Its Hermit,” in William E. Cain, ed., A Historical Guide to Henry David Thoreau (New York: Oxford University Press, 2000), pp. 181-241
______. “Commemorating Concord: How a New England Town Invented Itself,” Common-place 4, no. 1 (October 2003)

Johnson, D.B. Henry Builds a Cabin, Henry Climbs a Mountain, Henry Hikes to Fitchburg, and Henry Works. All these books make Thoreau accessible to children. Curriculum activities for elementary-age students and links to other resources are on his website

Joel Myerson, Sandra Harbert Petrulionis and Laura Dassow Walls, eds. The Oxford Handbook of Transcendentalism. Oxford University Press, 2010.

Petrulionis, Sandra. Thoreau in His Own Time: A Biographical Chronicle of His Life, Drawn from Recollections, Interviews, & Memoirs by Family, Friends, and Associates. University of Iowa Press, 2012.

 _____. To Set This World Right: The Antislavery Movement in Thoreau’s Concord. Cornell University Press, 2006. Richardson, Robert. Emerson: The Mind on Fire. University of California Press, 1995.
_____. Henry Thoreau: A Life of the Mind. University of California Press, 1986.

Schulz, Kathryn. “Pond Scum.” The New Yorker. October, 2015.

Smith, Corinne. Henry David Thoreau for Kids with 21 Activities. Chicago Review Press, 2015.

Stilgoe, John. Outside Lies Magic: Regaining History and Awareness in Everyday Places. Walker, 1998.

Thoreau, Henry David. Walden.
_____.“Life Without Principle.”
_____. “Walking.”
_____. “Civil Disobedience.”
_____. “Slavery in Massachusetts.”
_____. “A Plea for Captain John Brown.”
_____. The Heart of Thoreau’s Journals. Edited by Odell Shepard. Dover Books, 1961. _____. The Portable Thoreau. Edited by Jeffrey Cramer. Penguin Classics, 2012.
_____. The Quotable Thoreau. Edited by Jeffrey Cramer. Princeton University Press, 2011.

Thorson, Robert. Beyond Walden: The Hidden History of America’s Kettle Lakes and Ponds. Bloomsbury (Walker & Co.), 2009.
_____. Walden’s Shore: Henry David Thoreau and Nineteenth-Century Science. Harvard University Press, 2014.

Walls, Laura Dassow. Writing the Cosmos: A Life of Henry David Thoreau. University of Chicago Press, 2017.

Wilson, Leslie Perrin and Special Collections staff. “Antislavery in Concord,” and “Emerson in Concord: An Exhibition Commemorating the 200th Anniversary of Ralph Waldo Emerson's Birth.” Concord Free Public Library website.

Wood, David. An Observant Eye: The Thoreau Collection at the Concord Museum. Concord Museum, 2006.