Nearing, Scott – Author


The Scott Nearing mug is part of a biographical series profiling unique authors and includes an image of Scott Nearing and a short biography.

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Scott Nearing was an American radical, anti-capitalist professor, pacifist, writer, political activist, and advocate of simple living.  He was the son of a wealthy stockbroker.  Nearing became a college professor and a vocal advocate against social injustice.  He was a founding member of the People’s Council of America for Democracy and Peace.  His political views leaned first toward Socialism then Communism.  Those views are reflected in his extensive writings and speaking engagements. After running for political office several times he left city life for a simple life in the country.  Moving in 1934 to Vermont, then in 1954 to Maine.  Their Maine property became the Good Life Center where thousands visited each year to learn self-sufficiency from the Nearings.

Leading the Good Life

In 1954, Scott & Helen Nearing wrote Living the Good Life: How to Live Sanely and Simply in a Troubled World. The book was self-published and recounted their experiment of homesteading in Vermont from 1934 to 1954.  Vegetarianism was central to the Nearing’s Good Life ethic and making a subsistence income by working the land. The book became the bible of the back to the land movement of the 1970s.  Many who tried to emulate the Nearing’s experience failed, even the Nearing’s success was due in part to a substantial inheritance.

This Scott Nearing History Mug is part of our Author Series which includes many unique individuals.

The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history.  The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton.  He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone.  The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.

  • Mugs are food and microwave safe.
  • To preserve photographic quality we recommend hand washing.
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