Hanson, Elizabeth I. Books1989 0-88946-168-6
A critical study of the metaphorical Indian in American literature and of the Indian metaphor as created by some of the master writers of American fiction.1991 0-88946-170-8
Deals extensively with Thoreau's Indian themes as they are revealed in his "Indian books." Always for Thoreau the Indian is a being of consciousness; and Thoreau the white man, through the figure of the imagined Indian, comes to an understanding of himself as well as of the Indian. In this study Thoreau's varying but interrelated ideas of the Indian are seen, as they must be, in relation to his vision of discovery of the redeemed self within the context of the natural world.