scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 1,189
Henry David Thoreau was born in Concord Massachusetts on July 12 1817 He was born to parents that were very intelligent yet poor and undistinguished Despite their struggle with poverty their home was a center of affection and vivacity Thoreau was the third of four children and he showed an early love of nature and was the scholar of the family going on to learn many languages Because Henry showed so much promise as a student his parents sent him to Concord Academy He later went on to attend Harvard College With the help of his aunts and by doing odd jobs and tutoring he managed to afford the tuition Interestingly enough he graduated from Harvard in 1837 as an honor student and a speaker at commencement yet he was still unknown During his lifetime Thoreau tried his hand at an assortment of odd jobs His first experiment was with teaching He along with his older brother John opened a private school but the school was forced to close down after John became ill in 1841 He lived with his friend and fellow scholar Ralph Waldo Emerson keeping house and doing chores in exchange for rent and board In 1843 he journeyed to the home of Emersons brother William to tutor Soon after the death of John in 1842 Thoreau went to live at Walden Pond partially as a tribute to his beloved brother When he returned from Walden in September of 1847 he again performed an assortment of jobs He hired himself out as a painter carpenter mason or a day-laborer believing the occupation of a day-laborer to be the most independent of any he also became interested in surveying land and went on to become one of the best surveyors
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA