Two years after graduating from Harvard, Henry David Thoreau built a small riverboat and took a leisurely trip to the White Mountains in New Hampshire. From the description of the homemade dory to the account of New Hampshire people, the book maintains an air of romantic adventure. Simple travel narrative, however, it is not. Thoreau takes advantage of the scenes to digress into history, religion, philosophy, poetry, discussions of literary classics and Emersonian essays.
Thoreau, Henry David
Henry David Thoreau was born in Concord, MA in 1817, and is best know for his influential work, Walden, which was published by Ticknor & Fields in 1854.