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American Transcendentalists Essential Writings

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ISBN-10: 081297509X

ISBN-13: 9780812975093

Edition: 2005

Authors: Lawrence Buell, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Margaret Fuller, Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Transcendentalism was the first major intellectual movement in U.S. history, championing the inherent divinity of each individual, as well as the value of collective social action. In the mid-nineteenth century, the movement took off, changing how Americans thought about religion, literature, the natural world, class distinctions, the role of women, and the existence of slavery. Edited by the eminent scholar Lawrence Buell, this comprehensive anthology contains the essential writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Margaret Fuller, and their fellow visionaries. There are also reflections on the movement by Charles Dickens, Henry James, Walt Whitman, Louisa May Alcott, and…    
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List price: $20.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 1/10/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 608
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Lawrence Buell is Powell M. Cabot Research Professor of American Literature at Harvard University.

In September 1842, Nathaniel Hawthorne noted this social encounter in his journal: "Mr. Thorow dined with us yesterday. He is a singular character---a young man with much of wild original nature still remaining in him; and so far as he is sophisticated, it is in a way and method of his own. He is as ugly as sin, long-nosed, queer-mouthed, and with uncouth and somewhat rustic, although courteous manners, corresponding very well with such an exterior. But his ugliness is of an honest and agreeable fashion, and becomes him much better than beauty. On the whole, I find him a healthy and wholesome man to know." Most responses to Thoreau are as ambiguously respectful as was Hawthorne's. Thoreau…    

A Note on the Texts
Letters to a Future Transcendentalist (1817-51)
Reason Versus Understanding (1825, 1829)
Humanity's Likeness to God (1828)
The Age of Machinery (1829)
A Young Minister Refuses to Perform a Crucial Duty (1832)
The Significance of Kantian Philosophy (1834)
Victor Cousin and the Future of American Philosophy (1838)
Manifestos and Definitions
Nature (1836)
from The Doctrine and Discipline of Human Culture (1836)
The Reconciliation of God, Humanity, State, and Church (1836)
"The American Scholar" (1837)
from "Transcendentalism" (1839)
Letter of Intent to Resign (1840)
"The Transcendentalist" (1841)
On Boston Transcendentalism (1842)
A Transcendentalist's Profession of Faith (1853)
Spiritual Ferment and Religious Reform
Divinity School Address (1838)
from "The New School in Literature and Religion" (1838)
God's Personhood Vindicated (1838)
from A Discourse on the Latest Form of Infidelity (1839)
from "The Latest Form of Infidelity" Examined (1839)
Recollection of Mystical Experiences (1840)
from A Discourse of the Transient and Permanent in Christianity (1841)
"Transcendental Bible" (1841?)
Christianity and Hinduism Compared (1849)
from "The Sympathy of Religions" (1871)
Secular Reform
Reform as Individual Transformation Versus Reform as Systemic Social Change
from "The Laboring Classes" (1840)
Ralph Waldo Emerson Declines George Ripley's Invitation to Join Brook Farm (1840)
"Self-Reliance" (1841)
from "Plan of the West Roxbury Community" (1842)
Brook Farm's (First Published) Constitution (1844)
from "A Sermon of Merchants" (1846)
On the Italian Revolution (1847-50)
"Resistance to Civil Government" (1849)
A Controversial Experiment in Progressive Education: Part One (1835-36)
A Controversial Experiment in Progressive Education: Part Two (1836-37)
A Margaret Fuller Conversation on Gender (1840)
from "The Great Lawsuit" (1843)
Nature and the Health of Body and Spirit
Why Concord? ("Musketaquid") (1843-44, 1847)
from "Life in the Woods" (1844)
from "Walking" (1850-62)
Two Proposals for Land Preservation (1858, 1859)
from "Saints, and Their Bodies" (1858)
The Significance of British West Indian Emancipation (1844)
On The Narrative of Frederick Douglass (1845)
From "The Function of Conscience" (1850) and "The Fugitive Slave Law" (1851)
From "The Fugitive Slave Law" (1854)
From "A Plea for Captain John Brown" (1859)
Literature and the Arts
Critical Statements
"The Editors to the Reader" (1840)
Verses of the Portfolio (1840)
From "The Poet" (1844)
From "American Literature" (1846)
Music Philosophically Considered (1849)
From Preface to Leaves of Grass (1855)
"Improvised" Prose
Selected "Orphic Sayings" (1840)
Report of Margaret Fuller Conversation on "Life" (1841)
From "Sayings of Confucius" (1843)
A Walk to Walden (1843)
First Days at Walden (1845)
Boat Song
Hymn of the Earth
From "Wachusett"
The Pines and the Sea
Each and All
The Problem
The Rhodora: On Being Asked, Whence Is the Flower?
The Snow-Storm
Ode, Inscribed to W. H. Channing
Hymn: Sung at the Completion of the Concord Monument, April 19, 1836
Boston Hymn Read in Music Hall, January 1, 1863
Meditations. Sunday, May 12, 1833
My Seal-Ring
[Each Orpheus]
To a Friend
Frederic Henry Hedge
[I stood upon the sullen shore]
[Oh melancholy liberty]
[One look the mother cast upon her child]
[I see them...]
[Better a sin which purposed wrong to none]
[To Emerson]
[Lo! cast upon the shoal of time]
[Great God, I ask thee...]
[My love must be as free]
The Inward Morning
Sic Vita
Jones Very
The New Birth
The Presence
The Barberry Bush
The Garden
Thy Brother's Blood
Thy Better Self
To You
"Leila" (1841)
From "Ktaadn" (1848)
A Transcendental Childhood (1888)
Glimpses of Transcendental Concord (1846)
Recollections of a Transcendentalist Insider (1852)
Emerson Observed (1855-63)
A Dying Transcendentalist Looks Back (1859)
From "Historic Notes of Life and Letters in Massachusetts" (1867)
From Transcendentalism in New England (1876)
Transcendentalism as Feminist Heresy (1895)
A Concord Pilgrimage (1907)
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