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The other thing that happened in 1883 was my reading of Thoreau's Walden.

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We lived within two hundred yards of the sea, and its voice was in our ears night and day.

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Great success in examinations does naturally not as a rule go with originality of thought.

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Early in 1888 one or two of us got together to establish our own Sheffield Socialist Society.

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My ideas had been taking a socialistic shape for many years; but they were lacking in definite outline.

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I might have simply settled down into an armchair literary life. I really don't know exactly why I didn't.

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Where there had been only jeers or taunts at first, crowds come to listen with serious and sympathetic men.

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IN April 1882 my father died; and I was at once whirled out of my land of dreams into a very different sphere.

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With my somewhat vague aspiring mind, to be imprisoned in the rude details of a most material life was often irksome.

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Whatever the practical value of the Walden experiment may be, there is no question that the book is one of the most vital and pithy ever written.

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