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Thoreau’s Wildflowers and Animals

August 2, 2017 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Many of the most vivid writings in Henry David Thoreau’s journals were inspired by the plants and animals that inhabit the sprawling fields, forests, and wetlands of Concord and nearby communities. An inveterate year-round rambler and keen and thoughtful observer, Thoreau wrote frequently about these creatures, faithfully recording each sighting or encounter with the accuracy of a scientist and the deep spirituality of a transcendentalist and mystic.

In this lecture, GEOFF WISNER will present Thoreau’s profound spirituality and belief in the earth-human connection as revealed through his explorations of Thoreau’s best nature writings.

GEOFF WISNER is a writer and editor of Thoreau’s Wildflowers and its companion Thoreau’s Animals, volumes of Thoreau’s nature writings arranged by day of the year to follow the progress of the changing seasons. Thoreau’s Animals contains a selection of the author’s original sketchbook drawings along with 35 exquisite illustrations by naturalist and artist Debby Cotter Kaspari. Wisner has contributed to publications including the Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, Wall Street Journal, and Wild Earth. A graduate of Harvard University, he lives in New York City.

This event is held in celebration of the bicentennial of Henry David Thoreau’s birth. To view other programs honoring Thoreau’s 200th birthday, visit http://thoreaubicentennial.org.


August 2, 2017
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Boston Athenæum
10 ½ Beacon Street
Boston, MA United States
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Did You Know?

Certain books were “banned in Boston” at least as far back as 1651, when one William Pynchon wrote a book criticizing Puritanism.