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Picturing Thoreau: Henry David Thoreau in American Visual Culture

Mark W. Sullivan



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Lexington Books
27 March 2017
History of art & design styles: c 1800 to c 1900; History of art & design styles: from c 1900 -; Portraits in art
As we approach the bicentennial, in 2017, of the birth of Henry David Thoreau, there is considerable debate and confusion as to what he may, or may not have, contributed to American life and culture. Almost every American has heard of Thoreau, but only a few are aware that he was deeply engaged with most of the important issues of his day, from slavery to Manifest Destiny and the rights of the individual in a democratic society. Many of these issues are still affecting us today, as we move toward the second quarter of the twenty-first century. By studying how various American artists have chosen to portray Thoreau over the years since the publication of Walden in 1854, we can gain a clear understanding of how he has been interpreted (or misinterpreted) throughout the years since his death in 1862. But along the way, we might also find something useful, for our times, in the insights that Thoreau gained as he wrestled with the most urgent problems being experienced by American society in his day.
By:   Mark W. Sullivan
Imprint:   Lexington Books
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 20mm
Weight:   363g
ISBN:   9781498511032
ISBN 10:   1498511031
Pages:   240
Publication Date:   27 March 2017
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

Mark Sullivan is associate professor of Art History and is director of the Art History Program at Villanova University.

Reviews for Picturing Thoreau: Henry David Thoreau in American Visual Culture

Sullivan is incisive about how and why people portrayed Thoreau and the uses they made of those images...It is an enjoyable and informative book, one that both provides solid information on many images as well as challenges us to respond to Sullivan's interpretation of them. Resources for American Literary Study

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