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Thoreau used to admire Emerson and those Romantic writers who extolled the simple pastoral pleasures and noble savagery, very idealistic and a yuppy/trendy if viewed by todays values, and which extreme academical verbage. Reminds me of another admirer of Emerson and the transcendental school of thinkers at the time who posted on this site named Emile, who was very fond of lengthy rambling marathons.