Henry Salt Archive

Henry Salt (1853-1939) was the author of the Life of Henry David Thoreau, Animals Rights and A Plea for Vegetarianism which inspired Gandhi for follow a vegetarian diet.

Published Works of Henry Salt

Henry Salt wrote nearly 40 books of which half consisted of his critical studies and biographies and the other half which cogently argued and urged for some much needed humane reforms in prisons, schools, in the economic organisations of society at large, and in the treatment of animals.

As a starting point we strongly recommend the following:


Salt also edited nearly twenty books most of which follow the same themes as his published books and give a good insight into his influences and inspiration.

In additons to his books, Salt wrote many essays. Some of his eariest are reprinted in his Literary Sketches whilst many later essays were published in the journals of the Humanitarian League.

We've added a cross section of his essays to this site and will add more over time.