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Creating Waldens
An East-West Conversation on the American Renaissance

By Ronald A. Bosco, Joel Myerson, and Daisaku Ikeda

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Preface by Daisaku Ikeda, xi
Foreword by Ronald A. Bosco, xix

Conversations

  1. Why Thoreau Now?, 1
  2. First Encounters With Emerson and Thoreau, 15
  3. Dawn of a Renaissance, 25
  4. Refusing “All the Accustomed Paths”, 35
  5. Thoreau As Social Reformer, 47
  6. Reading and Human Development, 59
  7. Walden and “Civil Disobedience”, 71
  8. Beyond the Pulpit, 83
  9. Emerson Finds His Audience, 91
  10. Nature, “The American Scholar,” and the“Divinity School Address”, 99
  11. Representative Men, 107
  12. The Inner Journey, 115
  13. Whitman’s Original American Genius, 123
  14. The Boundless Potential of Life, 131
  15. Thoreau’s “Highest of the Arts”, 139
  16. Bonds With Nature, 149
  17. Nature, Healing, and Health, 157
  18. “Our Prospects Brighten”, 165

Notes, 175
Index, 187
About the Authors, 203

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