Henry David Thoreau’s Walden (also known as Life in the Woods) is one of the most well-known non-fiction works written by an American. It chronicles Thoreau’s life in the second-growth forest along the shores of Walden Pond for two years and two months, not far from his friends and family in Concord, Massachusetts. Walden was written in such a way that the stay appears to last a year, complete with seasonal divides. It was an experiment in simple living, according to Thoreau. Henry David Thoreau (July 12, 1817 – May 6, 1862; born David Henry Thoreau) was an American novelist, naturalist, transcendentalist, tax resister, development critic, and philosopher best known for his book Walden and his essay Civil Disobedience.