Book review of Three Roads Back: How Emerson, Thoreau, and William James Responded to the Greatest Losses of Their Lives by Robert D. Richardson
In “Three Roads Back,” Robert D. Richardson illuminates how early losses shaped the thinking of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau and William James.washingtonpost.com
LETTERS: Loneliness a problem
It is my opinion that the least talked-about major social problem we have in our country is loneliness. I believe it was Henry David Thoreau who said that most people “lead lives of quiet desperation.” You can be surrounded by a lot of people who know you, including family members, yet still feel very lonely and like you are all alone in this world. You can feel as if no one really loves you or cares for you. Caring for someone differs from simply caring “about” someone.myrgv.com
Oates, Groff among contributors to book on Thoreau legacy
NEW YORK Joyce Carol Oates, Douglas Brinkley and Lauren Groff are among more than 20 writers contributing essays for a book on the legacy of Henry David Thoreau. Princeton University Press announced Monday that Now Comes Good Sailing: On Henry David Thoreau and the Meaning of Life will be published in 2021. The book's title comes from words the celebrated nature writer and social commentator reportedly spoke as he neared his death, in 1862. Others writing about Thoreau for the new book include the best-selling novelist Amor Towles, Pulitzer Prize-winning nonfiction writer John McPhee, travel writer Pico Iyer, and the author and columnist Rafia Zakaria.