bibliography on Thoreau’s composition and rhetoric education

Adams, Raymond. “Thoreau at Harvard: Some Unpublished Records.” New England Quarterly. 13 (March 1940): 24-33.

Anderson, Dorothy. “Edward T. Channing’s Teaching of Rhetoric.” Speech Monographs 16 (1949): 69-81. Available in Valley. PN4077 .S6

Bode, Carl. “A New College Manuscript of Thoreau’s” American Literature, Vol. 21, No. 3. (Nov., 1949), pp. 311-320 (printed out copy via

Cain, William E. A Historical Guide to Henry David Thoreau

Dillman, Richard. “Thoreau’s Harvard Education in Rhetoric and Composition: 1833-1837″ Thoreau Journal Quarterly Chapel Hill, N.C. 1981, vol. 13, no3-4, pp. 49-62 [in Dillman’s Essays on HDT]

Dillman, Richard. Essays on Henry David Thoreau : rhetoric, style, and audience. Dillman, Richard. ISBN: 0933951507 (expensive used; ordered through summitt (U of O))

Gohdes, Clarence. “Henry Thoreau, Bachelor of Arts.” The Classical Journal, Vol. 23, No. 5 (Feb., 1928), pp. 323-336

Glick. Wendell. “Three New Early Manuscripts by Thoreau.” The Huntington Library Quarterly 15 (1951-52): 59-71. Available in Valley! Z733.S24 A3

Hughes, Mildred P. “Thoreau as Writer and Teacher of Writing.” The English Journal, Vol. 67, No. 5 (May, 1978), pp. 33-35

Kwiat, Joseph J. “Thoreau’s Philosophical Apprenticeship.” The New England Quarterly, Vol. 18, No. 1 (Mar., 1945), pp. 51-69

McGill, Frederick T. “Thoreau and College Discipline.” The New England Quarterly. 15.2 (June 1942): 349-353.

Pinkston, Joan W. “Thoreau and Current Trends in the Teaching of Writing.” The English Journal 78.7 (Nov., 1989): 50-52. Explores the journal writing of Henry David Thoreau. Asserts that his journals are an excellent example of writing to learn. Notes that students can benefit from emulating Thoreau’s approach to journal writing. (MM)

Reid, Ronald. “The Boylston Professorship of Rhetoric and Oratory — 1806-1904.” Quarterly Journal of Speech 45 (1959): 239-57. Valley has some issues but not 1959. Ordered from O of U via Summit.

Thoreau, Henry David. Early Essays and Miscellanies. Princeton UP, 1975. PS3042 .M58 1975 “About 53 pieces, some long, most short, written ca. 1834-1852.”

Woodlief, Annette. “The Influence of Theories of Rhetoric on Thoreau.” Thoreau Journal Quarterly 7 (1975): 13-20. Not available in Valley. Ordered from O of U via Summit.

Thoreau and the Tradition of the Active Mind
Martin Bickman, University of Colorado
from Uncommon Learning: Thoreau on Education


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