The House that Thoreau Built

Author: Paul Elie

September 28, 2021

In this chapter, Senior Fellow Paul Elie provides reflection on the house that Henry David Thoreau built on Walden Pond. After exploring house as a motif in both the life and work of Thoreau, Elie then considers the ways in which his own life as a writer has been shaped by space and the desire to live deliberatively. The chapter is published in Now Comes Good Sailing: Writers Reflect on Henry David Thoreau (Princeton University Press, 2021), edited by Andrew Blauner.

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