The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. The rest are observing the 200th birthday of Henry David Thoreau, the author who penned that line.
The U.S. Postal Service marked the occasion Wednesday with a new postage stamp honoring the Walden and Civil Disobedience writer, philosopher and naturalist.
Thoreau was born in Concord, Massachusetts, on July 12, 1817.
Concord Postmaster Ray White and officials from the Thoreau Farm and Birthplace were on hand to dedicate the stamp. They say it's in tribute to Thoreau's “personal example of simple living, his criticism of materialism and the timeless questions he raises about the place of the individual in society.”
Fans gathered at Walden Pond, where Thoreau lived and worked, to read aloud from Walden and other classics.