Creating Waldens

An East-West Conversation on the American Renaissance

By Ronald A. Bosco, Joel Myerson, and Daisaku Ikeda
Dialogue Path Press, September 2009
ISBN 978-1-887917-07-0 / $14.95 USA
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In the eighteen provocative discussions that make up Creating Waldens: An East-West Conversation on the American Renaissance, Ronald A. Bosco, Joel Myerson, and Daisaku Ikeda explore the multifaceted, enduring legacy of Emerson, Thoreau, and Whitman. In the process, the authors challenge us to do as these great figures once did – to look deep inside ourselves to discover our potential for growth, to encounter the natural world with reverence and delight, and to express ourselves with poetry and imagination.

With great appreciation for the timeless gifts of the American Renaissance, Bosco, Myerson, and Ikeda encourage each of us, indeed, to create our own Waldens.

Ronald A. Bosco is Distinguished Professor of English and American Literature at the University of Albany, State University of New York.

Joel Myerson is Carolina Distinguished Professor Emeritus of American Literature at the University of South Carolina.

Daisaku Ikeda is President of Soka Gakkai International, a lay Buddhist organization with 12 million members worldwide.

Advance Praise

Creating Waldens is a great, fortifying gift.”

Frances Moore Lappé, author of Getting a Grip and Diet for a Small Planet

Creating Waldens brilliantly celebrates the continued relevance of Emerson and Thoreau to our life and times.”

Lou Marinoff, author of The Middle Way: Finding Happiness in a World of Extremes

“A clarion call against authoritarianism.”

Anita Patterson, Boston University


"...thought-provoking inspiration."

Sarah Wider, Colgate University

"Here is the essence of the thoughts of these great American writers."

John Hanson Mitchell, author of Walking Towards Walden: A Pilgrimage in Search of Place

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