Walden Pond as Thoreau’s Landscape of Genius

  title={Walden Pond as Thoreau’s Landscape of Genius},
  author={Scott Hess},
  journal={Nineteenth-Century Literature},
  • Scott Hess
  • Published 1 September 2019
  • Art
  • Nineteenth-Century Literature
Scott Hess, “Walden Pond as Thoreau’s Landscape of Genius” (pp. 224–250) This essay explores how Henry David Thoreau’s identification with Walden Pond was influenced by the nineteenth-century discourse of the literary landscape and by William Wordsworth’s association with the English Lake District in particular. Wordsworth was a central figure for the transatlantic development of the “landscape of genius”—a new form of literary landscape in which the genius of the author, associated with a…