A Study of the Influence of English Romanticism and Indian Philosophy on Henry David Thoreau and His Work Walden

  • Shubham Joshi


Henry David Thoreau is central to the understanding of the Transcendental movement that enveloped America during the middle of the Nineteenth Century. The writer is a reflection of the whole movement as he studied and took inspiration from the very sources that played a key role in developing the central tenets of Transcendentalism. This movement, later, paved the way for Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, and W. B. Yeats in the literary circle. This paper attempts to trace the major sources for Thoreau’s inspiration in writing his most well-known prose piece: Walden. A correlative study of the text with respect to British Romanticism and Indian philosophy has been done to determine the inspirational trajectory for the American philosopher.

Keywords: Henry David Thoreau, Transcendentalism, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Walden, English Romanticism, William Wordsworth, Indian Philosophy, Bhagavad Gita.


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Author Biography

Shubham Joshi

Shubham Joshi is an independent researcher based out of Rishikesh, Uttarakhand. He has been doing research work since 2018. His preferred field of research involves English literature and American literature. As a research scholar and a student of literature, Joshi works on various texts with the help of critical analysis and literary criticism. He considers himself a devoit student of Beauvoir, Yeats, Shakespeare, Kafka, Camus, and Wollstonecraft.


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How to Cite
Joshi, S. “A Study of the Influence of English Romanticism and Indian Philosophy on Henry David Thoreau and His Work Walden”. Contemporary Literary Review India, Vol. 9, no. 1, Feb. 2022, pp. 137-66, doi:10.201411/clri.v9i1.1041.
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