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7 people who gave up on civilization to live in the wild

By: Bryan Nelson on April 16, 2010, 1:06 p.m.
Henry David Thoreau spent just over two years living near Walden Pond.

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Henry David Thoreau

Thoreau was a famous American author, naturalist, philosopher and development critic best known for his book "Walden," in which he reflected upon a period of isolation spent living independently in a cabin beside Walden Pond in Massachusetts. Although Thoreau returned to civilization after his time at Walden, his purpose there was to isolate himself from society to gain a more objective understanding of it. The work is recognized as a personal declaration of independence, a voyage of spiritual discovery and manual for self reliance.