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Simplicity, sensuality and politics in Henry Thoreau
Alison Hulme

eagerly read Darwin’s Origin of Species in 1859, as soon as it arrived in Concord. However, despite Darwin’s considerable influence on him, Thoreau continued to think of nature as a divine creation in a material present. Newman puts it rather well, saying that Thoreau ‘remained committed to the idealist notion of an active supernatural force driving natural processes, whilst at the same time his study of those processes, and the language he used to describe them, became increasingly materialist and empiricist’ (2004:109–​110). In this way, Thoreau’s thought was able to

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