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Henry David Thoreau

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Henry David Thoreau
Biography and appearance
RoleTranscendentalist philosopher
Mentioned inFallout 4

Henry David Thoreau (July 12, 1817 – May 6, 1862) was an American essayist, poet, philosopher, abolitionist, naturalist, tax resister, development critic, surveyor, historian, transcendentalist writer, and philosopher who inhabited a cabin at Walden Pond for two years, two months, and two days in the summer of 1845.


One of the leaders of the transcendentalism movement, Thoreau stayed at his cabin for two years, two months, and two days in an attempt to gain a better understanding of society and self-reliance. His experiment exemplified his views of the irrelevance of material possessions in achieving happiness,[1] publishing Walden; or, Life in the Woods from the experience. His essay Resistance to Civil Government (Civil Disobedience) – an argument for disobedience to an unjust state, also survived the War.


Henry David Thoreau is mentioned only in Fallout 4.


  1. Walden Pond announcer: "Hello, and welcome to Walden Pond! You are now standing in front of the cabin inhabited by transcendentalist writer and philosopher Henry David Thoreau starting in the summer of 1845. For two years, two months, and two days, Thoreau lived in this cabin, hoping to gain a more objective understanding of society. This experiment was influenced by Thoreau's interest in transcendentalist philosophy, which believed that people were at their best when truly self-reliant. By living off the land with few material possessions, Thoreau proved it skeptical to think that any outward improvement of life could bring inner peace and contentment. For more information, please visit the gift shop and purchase one of the many books on transcendentalism. Also available; t-shirts, coffee mugs, toys, and many other items to commemorate your trip! Thank you for visiting Walden Pond, sponsored by General Atomics, maker of the Mister Handy robotic assistant."
    (Walden Pond announcer's dialogue)