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The Last Intellectuals

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I don't know if you are still searching, but a good analysis of the flow of influence between different stages in America's intellectual life can be found in THE LAST INTELLECTUALS: AMERICAN CULTURE IN THE AGE OF ACADEME by Russell Jacoby. I don't remember if Jacoby discussed Thoreau but it takes a look at the flow of intellectualism in bohemia and marks a change starting with the beats and ending with popular culture movement of the Hippies.