Whether or not his talk with Japp at Braemar was fully enlightening, it does seem that Stevenson set himself the task of practicing the art of Thoreauvian
ekphrasis while composing Silverado Squatters at Davos during the fall and winter of 1881-82.
Without at all meaning to, I had gone on a Thoreauvian
walk: I left the path, I got lost, and I was at least temporarily overwhelmed by my insignificance and physical limits and thus came to a new understanding of my place in the universe.
Published in 2013, Thoreauvian
Modernities offers a collection of new essays giving evidence for the latter claim.
Modernities promises to take its place alongside Hicks' volume as an essential collection of reflections on Thoreau's significance in helping us think through central problems of our own time.
The so-called Thoreauvian
vision would also be present in the nature of his dream of justice and equality for the black community, in his political option of domestic compromise and international solidarity, and eventually in his personal transformation when confronting "failure" in the form of persistent racism on his return from his Spanish experience.
If many of Grove's close observations of nature in Over Prairie Trails and The Turn of the Year seem reminiscent of Thompson Seton's achievement in Wild Animals I have Known (1898), then--as has often been said--the masterly and closely observed nature studies in Over Prairie Trails make him something of a Canadian Henry David Thoreau, the Thoreau of Cape Cod and The Maine Woods, to be sure, while his own obsessive recordings of his health, state of mind and economic situation--his Thoreauvian
'chapter' "Where I lived and what I lived for"--to me contain vivid traces of the similarly narcissistic keeper of daily records in Walden.
Part of the joy of bringing oneself so near oblivion is found not only in the benefits of Thoreauvian
self-culture, and its corrective emotional response.
When Jackson's Island stays near-apocalyptically flooded for a couple of days rabbits, turtles and "such things" appear on every broken-down tree, "so tame, on account of being hungry, that you could paddle right up and put your hand on them if you wanted to" (obiter dictum, there is no trace anywhere in the novel of the coveted Thoreauvian
icons of wildness: the loon, the moose, or the beaver).
They have a Thoreauvian
view of the nature of learning and a Dewey-eyed perspective on children, teachers, and administrators.
It was in this intensely-urban, Goddardian setting that Thomas Larter's descendants lived out their lives of Thoreauvian
There is something unexpectedly Thoreauvian
about his statement, "'I shall die of having lived'" (281).
eloquent "majority of one" and Thoreauvian
voice of dissent.