"his hermitage at Walden"
Replica of Thoreau's cabin at Walden, complete with his statue
Creative Commons AttributionReplica of Thoreau's cabin at Walden, complete with his statue - Credit: Lorianne DiSabato

Thoreau’s commitment to Transcendentalism led him to live for two years in a cabin he built himself in the woods at Walden Pond near Concord. Eschewing human companionship and material comforts as far as possible, he sought to live frugally and self-sufficiently, believing that to do so would afford him a keen, elemental understanding of nature, society and his own place within each. Whilst there, he recorded his experiences in his most famous work, Walden (1854). Listen to a reading by Gord Mackenzie below.

Walden Pond
Creative Commons AttributionWalden Pond - Credit: Girish Kulkarni and Nishita Desai