My Friend, My Friend
The Story of Thoreau’s Relationship With Emerson
By Harmon Smith
BR13207 3 volumes
When you get the chance to spend time with a favorite writer, to follow him around and observe his interactions with friends and family members, you have to take it, right?
And when someone hands you that favorite writer’s journal, and says, “Go on, take a peek, he won’t mind,” how can you resist?
I dove into My Friend, My Friend and found myself immediately swept into the hearts and minds of two of my favorite writers, Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson.
The pages turned and I learned about their writing, witnessed the unfolding of their friendship, and dreaded for the tale to end.
Factually rich and emotionally stirring, Harmon Smith draws readers into the intimate circle of Emerson and Thoreau, enabling us to follow their lives and personal interactions, to ride their ever-shifting currents of friendship and rivalry. We trace their private thoughts and secret desires, weep over the deaths of five year old Waldo Emerson, and beloved John Thoreau. And because they did not exist for themselves only, we are thrust into the events of their time– the religious controversies and sociopolitical uprisings of antebellum America–which shaped their thought, their lives and their relationship.