In Puritanism's age of the United States of America, one had to be very thorough to disguise homoerotical feelings. Similar to what was in Europe, the only morally acceptable context for conveying these feelings was male friendship, with the men involved remaining unconscious of or sublimating their sensuality. Such a relationship was described by Ralph Waldo Emerson , a Neoplatonic philosopher, who had, while a student at Harvard, born strong fondness for a male classmate of his, and was applied to his closest friend, Henry David Thoreau As head of the Transcendental movement, Emerson captained a group of revolutionary Romanticists. There is little doubt that Emerson helped to form some of Thoreau's ideas, influencing and encouraging Walt Whitman as well [ ]. After graduating from Harvard and teaching school for a few years, Thoreau went to live with Emerson both to study with him and to work as a handy man in Concord, a village near Boston, Massachusetts, inhabited by many of the literary figures of the 19th century.
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Henry David Thoreau was many things — a philosopher, poet, author , activist, and more — but no one would accuse him of being a ladies' man. Sophia Ford , however, was obsessed with him. Louisa May Alcott. Thoreau did fall in love -- once, as a young man. At 22, he and his brother John competed for the affections of Ellen Sewall , the lovely daughter of a minister from Scituate, Mass. She accepted, but then changed her mind after her parents objected.
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In the answers which follow, full bibliographic information is given the first time a work is cited in FAQs. Subsequently, a short title is used. On September 6, , Thoreau left the house which he himself had built and in which he had lived for two years, two months, and two days. Emerson then bought the house from Thoreau and resold it to his gardener, Hugh Whelan, who intended to convert it into a cottage for his family. Whelan's drinking problems, however, prevented him from completing the necessary modifications and the house remained empty until , when it was purchased by James Clark, who then moved it across town to his own farm and used it for grain storage.
Calendar hosted by iCloud. July 12, all day. Thoreau was born in Concord, Massachusetts, on July 12, He attended the newly founded Concord Academy and, after taking several leaves from his studies to earn money and to regain his health after his first attack of tuberculosis, went on to graduate from Harvard with the class of