James Russell Lowell (essay date 1865)
SOURCE: Lowell, James Russell. “James Russell Lowell on Henry David Thoreau.” In A Century of Early Ecocriticism, edited by David Mazel, pp. 26‐32. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2001.
[In the following excerpt, originally published in The North American Review in 1865, Lowell presents a generally negative appraisal of Henry David Thoreau's character, powers of observation, abilities as a naturalist, and romantic view of nature.]
Among the pistillate plants kindled to fruitage by the Emersonian pollen, Thoreau is thus far the most remarkable; and it is something eminently fitting that his posthumous works should be offered us by Emerson, for they are...
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