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.

Books

Henry Salt, Humanitarian Reformer and Man of Letters by George Hendrick
Henry Salt, Humanitarian Reformer and Man of Letters
by George Hendrick (Author)

Covers Salt's conventional youth and conversion to vegetarianism, socialism, and other 'isms', his place as a British man of letters, his interest in the ideas of Thoreau, and friendships with Shaw, Gandhi, and other writers. Hendrick gives a clear, concise treatment of the intellectual life and work as social and literary critic of a figure who may be considered unique in his commitment to humanitarian goals. The book includes extensive quotations.

Salt and His Circle by Stephen Winsten
Salt and His Circle
by Stephen Winsten (Author)

Winsten borrowed Salt's papers from Mrs Catherine Salt and then did not return them. Winsten, then, had unique material - and was a friend of Shaw's and was able to get information from that source - but did not date the letters or events and at times he invents dialogue. According to Shaw, Winsten as a biographer "is inaccurate as to facts, wrong in his judgements, self-complacent and without humour..."

The Savour of Salt: A Henry Salt Anthology by Henry S. Salt
The Savour of Salt: A Henry Salt Anthology
by Henry S. Salt (Author), George Hendrick (Editor), Willene Hendrick (Editor)

This selection offers insights into Henry Salt, whose thinking was so far ahead of his generation, the biographer and critic whose essays and books were highly influential and the poet whose wit and perception could "turn a rhyme and overturn a fool". This anthology includes his writings on animals' rights, vegetarianism, socialism, conservation, Shelley, Thoreau, De Quincey, as well as Edward Carpenter, Mahatma Gandhi and George Bernard Shaw to name a few.