Henry David Thoreau is often referred to as a “prophet,” but the degree to which he embraced that role has not been recognized. I argue that with his final manuscript, Wild Fruits, he sought to produce scripture and, through it, to turn humanity's gaze from the skies, where the Judaeo-Christian God was thought to dwell, to the earth and nature.
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Willsky-Ciollo, Lydia, "Prophet among Rebels: Henry David Thoreau and the Creation of a Transcendentalist Bible" (2013). Religious Studies Faculty Publications. 105.
Willsky, Lydia. "Prophet among Rebels: Henry David Thoreau and the Creation of a Transcendentalist Bible." New England Quarterly 86, no. 4 (2013): 625-654 10.1162/TNEQ_a_00322