Mysticism in American Literature: Thoreau's Quest and Whitman's Self
Paul HourihanISBN: 1931816034;
Book DescriptionHenry David Thoreau is well known for his basic, simplified approach to life, and as a naturalist. Walt Whitman is best known for his revolutionary poetry which shocked the people of his day, but which celebrated the ideal of democracy aswell. But did you know that they were both mystics. So how can we truly understand their lives and writings unless they are interpreted from a spiritual standpoint? "Mysticism in American Literature: Thoreau?s Quest and Whitman?s Self" by Paul Hourihan provides this much-needed focus on the mysticism in the lives and major writings of these two great American literary mystics of the 19th century. Through this study we are able to understand the deeper significance of notable passages from Thoreau?s classic "Walden" and Whitman?s poem "Song of Myself," which have eluded many of us. We also find out how their significant works were inspired by their spiritual revelations and struggles. By sharing with these men...
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