Henry David Thoreau At 200: Part Two

Today marks the bicentennial of the birth of Henry David Thoreau.  To celebrate his ongoing legacy as an essayist, poet, philosopher, abolitionist, naturalist, tax resister, development critic, surveyor, and historian, we’ve put together ten digital postcards for you to share across social media.

Each one utilizes artwork by Maximilien Le Roy from our book, Thoreau: A Sublime Life and features a quote from Thoreau.

Here are the second five postcards (the first five can be found here):

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Read The Foreword to ‘Thoreau, A Sublime Life’

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In recognition of the bicentennial of the birth of Henry David Thoreau, we’ve decided to share the forword of our book, Thoreau, A Sublime Life, written by it’s author M. Le Roy.

For more information about the book, as well as digital postcards inspired by Thoreau, click NBMPub.com/Thoreau.

 

Foreword

The name Henry David Thoreau is known throughout the world. His renown is probably strongest in political and activist circles. For good reason: Henry David Thoreau is the father figure of civil disobedience – an individual and occasionally collective endeavor that seeks to stand up to illegitimate or authoritarian power (or decree, law, etc.) by refusing to consent to it. More concretely, Thoreau opposed slavery and the Mexican-American War. Even so, his name suffers from regrettable pre-conceptions. We always hear his name under the descriptors pacifist and non-violent. He is portrayed as a peaceful, even inoffensive thinker. Really? A dreamer who had it in him to try to bring down the state? Any attentive examination of his work, of his work’s underbelly, and of his biography refutes these attributions of comfort.

Thoreau was a philosopher, a writer, and a poet for whom ideas were meaningless before taking shape in concrete, everyday experience. He could not have been bothered to mince words and abstractions for a brood of intellectuals and specialists. His works invite the reader to live a daily philosophical life and not to carve out concepts simply to fill libraries. This philosophical life is for whomever wishes to latch onto it. And for those humble enough to accept his ideas, we can only hope that they will continue to share them with new readers. In April 2010, I went to the United States—specifically to Massachusetts—to learn about where he lived and to start writing the work which you now hold in your hands. A.Dan—who with his training as a biologist and ethologist fits very well with Thoreau’s interest in nature—then undertook the task of bringing Thoreau’s tale to life.

Thoreau’s texts have had a profound influence on many of the greatest disobeyers of our time. Mahatma Gandhi discovered Thoreau’s work in prison, then accepted him as his mentor; Martin Luther King claimed to have given life to the philosopher’s teachings in his work with African-Americans against racial segregation. From ecologists and environmentalists to anti-globalists and anarchists, many hard-headed and restive people found weapons against oppression and injustice in the writing and life of this American born in 1817.

Was Thoreau an anarchist? Scholars from all over the world have identified him as such for decades. Like others before him, Thoreau rose up against the constraints and the limitations of his time. In his writing, he hoisted his flag: that of the marginalized and of the road less traveled.

The biographical forum can be an inspiration to readers when relating the way of life of an individual like Thoreau which followed closely his thinking. When viewed through a philosophical, political, or artistic lens, this form can provide a foothold to understand his thought process, still very much alive in our times. Biography does not replace direct knowledge found in the work, but it proposes a theoretical life raft trained on practical horizons. From this, Thoreau sustains his subversive potency.  Against the accelerated mercantilization of societies and of the men who form them, against productivism and unbridled growth, against the reign of an oligarchy in a democratic field, against the stranglehold financial capital and finance have on independence and the sovereignty of the masses, against renewed imperialist expeditions with total impunity, his work still holds strong meaning.

It is no longer enough to be indignant.

M. Le Roy

 

Henry David Thoreau At 200: Part One

Wednesday, July 12th marks the bicentennial of the birth of Henry David Thoreau.  To celebrate his ongoing legacy as an essayist, poet, philosopher, abolitionist, naturalist, tax resister, development critic, surveyor, and historian, we’ve put together ten digital postcards for you to share across social media.

Each one utilizes artwork by Maximilien Le Roy from our book, Thoreau: A Sublime Life and features a quote from Thoreau.

Here are the first five postcards:

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Be sure to check out our other Thoreau-centric posts throughout the week.

BACK TO PRESS! Girl in Dior, Thoreau, and Ghetto Brother.

2016 has been an excellent year for NBM biography books continuing to sell and sell!

Girl in Dior is now back to press for a fourth printing!

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The bio of Thoreau is heading to a 2nd printing in just 8 months!

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and finally, after that amazing review by Junot Diaz in the New York Times this week, Ghetto Brother is going into its 3rd printing.

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NOW IN STORES: THOREAU, A Sublime Life & GUARDIANS OF THE LOUVRE

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Now available in stores, you can find NBM’s most recent works: the acclaimed graphic novel biography of Henry David Thoreau, THOREAU, A Sublime Life, and the most recent addition to The Louvre Collection, GUARDIANS OF THE LOUVRE. Visit our NBM website for previews and to add these to your own graphic novel collection.

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NBM for March: Take a Walk with Thoreau

New for March is a comics biography in the spirit of our 2015 successes: Girl in Dior and Ghetto Brother.  We bring you the story of one of America’s greatest thinkers: Henry David Thoreau. Thoreau was a poet, author, essayist, transcendentalist, and occasional anarchist. Now, A. Dan and Maximilien Le Roy tell the fascinating story of the founder of ‘civil disobedience’.

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We selected art from Thoreau, A Sublime Life for NBM’s 2015 Annual Christmas card! See below.

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THOREAU, A Sublime Life
A. Dan, Maximilien Le Roy

“To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts, nor even to found a school, but so to love wisdom as to live according to its dictates, a life of simplicity, independence, magnanimity and trust.”
This graphic novel biography relates the forward looking inspirational life of the great author, philosopher and pioneering ecologist. Henry David Thoreau was also the father of the concept, still fresh today (viz ‘Occupy Wall St.’), of ‘civil disobedience’ which he used against slavery and the encroachment of government.
8 ½ x 11, 88pp, full color hardcover, $19.99, ISBN 9781681120256

Diamond Order Code: JAN161569

Previews

 

Be sure to order in January’s Preview Magazine at your local comic book store!

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