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Book Title: Thoreau in Love|
Edition: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Date of issue: May 15th 2013
ISBN 13: 9781482059656
The author of the book: John Schuyler Bishop
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 9.36 MB
Read full description of the books Thoreau in Love:Two years before he goes to Walden Pond, Henry David Thoreau, 25, leaves Concord, Massachusetts, to live in New York, where the new America is bursting into life. But before he even gets there he falls in love—with a young man.
It's 1843, a repressive puritanism still hangs over Concord, Massachusetts, and Henry Thoreau wants out. When his mentor, Ralph Waldo Emerson, gives him an opportunity to move to New York City, Henry leaves Concord with no thought of ever returning.
In his journals, 250-some pages about his trip to New York have been ripped out, the only substantial number of pages missing from the forty-seven journal volumes. What was so scandalous that Thoreau—or, more likely, his literary executor—decided no one should see it?
And why did Thoreau stay only six months in New York?
Thoreau’s biographers go out of their way to convince us that the writer was heterosexual, although he never married and wrote freely in his journal about the beauty of men. His poem "Sympathy," one of the few published in his lifetime, is a love poem to a boy who was his student. (About that poem, one celebrated biographer went so far as to say, “When he wrote 'he' Thoreau really meant 'she,' and when he wrote 'him,' he really meant 'her.'”) By denying Thoreau's real sexuality, scholars have reduced him to a wooden icon.
Thoreau in Love imagines the time of the missing pages, when Thoreau emerged from his shell and explored the wider world and himself before he returned to Concord, where he would fearlessly live the rest of his life and become the great naturalist and literary giant.
Read information about the authorSchuyler grew up less than a mile north of the Bronx, in Pelham Manor, New York, the third of six boys. His mother admitted late in life that--even though she loved all of her sons very, very much--if she had it to do over she wouldn't have had children. His father was a Brooklyn Irish Catholic whose family fortune came from an uncle who ran a numbers racket out of his Brooklyn candy shop. Schuyler moved into the city as soon as he could, wrote plays at home and worked in the Letters Department at Newsweek until his total output for three months work was two letters; he decided he was possibly burned out.... His boss did too, but she then hired him as a proofreader at Sports Illustrated, where Schuyler enjoyed the great benefits and moved up rapidly to copyreader and then, because of a story he wrote for the magazine, to the exalted position of Late Reader, possibly the greatest job that ever existed: when the editors and reporters went to Schuyler to go over their stories it meant they were finished their week's work, and more often than not, because of S.I.'s deadline, Schuyler worked one 35-hour day and made lots of money. All the while he was writing and mostly not sending things out.... but a couple of years ago he resolved to change that....
Two of Bishop plays were produced many years ago off-off Broadway, and he's had stories published in Sports Illustrated, The New York Times and in Alyson's Best Gay Love Stories 2005. After a couple of years at sea and in Florida, he's happily back in New York City.
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