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소로를 생각하면서 01

아주 오래지는 않지만 33년이상 재직한 대학교에서
다시 와서 책을 쓰면서 장미가 피는 5월에
학생들은 체육해사를 하면서
배구놀이에 함성이 퍼지고 나는 긴박함속에 채긍ㄹ 저술하는데
소로를 생각하면서 글을 써본다
한 인간이 한 세대를 살아가고 그 흔적이 남아 다시
반추해보는 일은 하나의 서사시로 변한다.



he Night Thoreau Spent in Jail 는 1969 년에 작성된 로버트 E. 리 (Robert E. Lee)와 제롬 로렌스 (Jerome Lawrence)의 2 막의 미국 희곡이다. 할런 월리스 (Hal B. Wallis)는 로렌스와 리가 시나리오를 썼던 극본의 제작자 다. 연극은 타이틀 캐릭터 인 Henry David Thoreau의 초기 생활을 토대로 매사추세츠 콩코드의 감옥에서 보낸 밤을 연상케합니다. 소로 (Thoreau)는 그가 반대하는 멕시코 - 미국 전쟁 (Mexican-American War)에 돈을 쓰는 데 사용될 수 있다는 이유로 토지세 (poll tax)를 지불하기를 거부 해 수감되었다.

하워드 타브 만 (Howard Taubman)은 뉴욕 타임즈지를 통해 "이 희곡과 주인공은 19 세기에 이르지만 오늘날의 관심사에 대해 이야기하고있다. 불순종, 인간과 자연의 상호 의존, 교육, 정부와 통치자의 역할. "[1]
The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail is a two-act American play by Robert E. Lee and Jerome Lawrence written in 1969. Hal B. Wallis is producer of the film based on the play, for which both Lawrence and Lee wrote the screenplay. The play is based on the early life of the title character, Henry David Thoreau, leading up to his night spent in a jail in Concord, Massachusetts. Thoreau was jailed for refusing to pay a poll tax on the grounds that the money might be used to pay for the Mexican-American War, which he opposed.[1]

Writing in The New York Times, Howard Taubman described the ideological relevance of the play to contemporary audiences, stating "this play and its protagonist, though they are of the 19th century, are speaking to today's concerns: an unwanted war in another land, civil disobedience, the interdependence of man and nature, education, the role of government and the governed."[1]

Henry David Thoreau(1817-1862)

During his lifetime, Henry David Thoreau published only two books, Walden(1854)and A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers(1849). Both sold poorly.  In eighty years Walden sold fewer than 2,000 copies. Sale of A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers totaled little more than 200, nd so many unsold volumes were returned to Thoreau(who hadpaid for their publication) that he was moved to write in his Journal, "I have now a library of nearly nine hundred voulumes, over seven hundred of which I wrote myself."

Thoreau's failures confirmed the views of many of his neighbors in Concord, Massachusetts, who considered him a loafer and a cranky eccentric. Yet Thoreau considered Concord, where he wasborn and spent most of his life, "the most estimate place  in all the world." Thoreau's grandfather, a successful merchant, had moved his family to Concord from Boston in 1800, but hisdescendants failed to prosper. Thoreau's father, an unsuccessful storekeeper and later a pencilmaker, was amable and meek, a passivelittle man who cherished peace and ease and had little in common with his strange willed son Henry.
Thoreau's mother was large and dynamic, a reform-mineded woman who dominated her family. She encouraged her children to share her owndeep interestin nature nd stirred in them ambition to learn. In school, her son Henry was judged to be " and old stick , not very studious," but his mother was determined that he would go to college, and when he was eleven he was enrolled in Concord Academy, a college preparatory school. Five years later he entered Harvard  College
 In the 1830, student life and the curriculm at Harvard were narrowly restricted, but Thoreau maintained his independent ways and his critical judgment:College regulations required student to wear black coats.  Thoreau wore green. When later told by Emerson that Harvard taught most of the branches of learning, Thoreau replied, "all the branches and more of the roots." And of the parchment diplomas earned by Hardvard graduates he once observed, Let every sheep keep but his own skin, I say."
 Thoreau was remembered was a student who displayed such "oddity in literary matter that his writings will never probably do him any justice."
Many of  classmates thought  him smug and filled with "Concord conceit," for Thoreau much preferred Concord to Cambridge or the busy worlds of Boston.
And after graduating from Harvard in 1837 ,  he returned to Concord, where he
worked with his father in making and peddling pencils.
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