Books: Realometer

THOREAU — Henry Seidel Canby —HoUghton Mifffin ($3.75).

Emerson was proud of his prickly protégé Thoreau, called him "As free and erect a mind as any I have ever met.' Just the same, two years of Thoreau as handyman around the place was more than enough for Emerson. Said witty Elizabeth Hoar: "I love Henry but do not like him," and Emerson, who knew how she felt, often quoted her wisecrack. Even closer to Henry was his crony, Poet Ellery Channing, who wrote the first Thoreau biography. Channing once confessed: "I have never been able...

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