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 (thə-rō′, thôr′ō), Henry David 1817-1862.
American writer. A seminal figure in the history of American thought, he spent much of his life in Concord, Massachusetts, where he became associated with the New England transcendentalists and lived for two years on the shore of Walden Pond (1845-1847). His works include "Civil Disobedience" (1849) and Walden (1854).

Tho·reau′vi·an (-vē-ən) adj.
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Adj.1.Thoreauvian - relating to or like or in the manner of Henry David Thoreau
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While implicitly resisting the notion that Mill's philosophy is ingrained in the United States constitution, Justice Scalia notably argued in Barnes that "there is no basis for thinking that our society has ever shared that Thoreauvian 'you may do what you like so long as it does not injure someone else' beau ideal--much less for thinking that it was written into the Constitution.
Before he submitted consensually to the mouth-to-mouth kiss of Thoreauvian influence, if he ever did, Stevenson first engaged in some feisty nipping and biting.
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In O'Nights, Cecily Parks constructs stunning manifestations of a modern Thoreauvian wilderness, investigating how the natural world gives shape to the self, body, and emotions.
The names and derivations lend an ironic tinge to Ruth's later claim (with its Thoreauvian echoes) that "I went to the woods for the wood's own sake, while, increasingly, Lucille seemed to be enduring a banishment there" (99).
This year's venue is a vintage cottage located directly on Long Island Sound that exudes a Thoreauvian simplicity.
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By declining to confine environmental literature to Thoreauvian nature writing and lyric poetry, she brings an array of women's voices into conversation with one another in ways that challenge easy understandings of what counts as environmental literature.
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The following Thoreauvian questions have been fundamental to literary ecocriticism: can humans speak for "Nature"?
In my attempts to become a Thoreauvian walker, I have faced many impediments, but I have also had time to wonder if there might not be ways to achieve Thoreau's goal by methods other than those he used--to reach the same destination by a different path, to use a walking metaphor.