Henry Thoreau studied Latin, Greek, Italian, French, German, andSpanish at Harvard, where he heard Emerson's “The AmericanScholar” as the commencement address in 1837. He first publishedin The Dial when Emerson commissioned him to review a seriesof reports on wildlife by the state of Massachusetts, but he castabout for a literary outlet after The Dial’s failure in1844. In 1845, his move to Walden Pond allowed him to complete hisfirst book, A Week on the Concord and the Merrimac Rivers. Healso wrote a first draft of Walden, which eventually appearedin 1854.
With the creation of one of the most influential progression of literature in American history, Emerson, and fellow Transcendentalists helped develop American tenets.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, ..