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Varieties of Transcendental Experience : A Study in Constructive Postmodernism

Varieties of Transcendental Experience : A Study in Constructive Postmodernism
by Donald L. Gelpi

 

The American Mystery : American Literature from Emerson to Delillo

The American Mystery : American Literature from Emerson to Delillo
by Tony Tanner

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The Life and Times of Franklin Benjamin Sanborn by Tom Foran Clark

Tom Foran ClarkThe Significance of Being Frank:  The Life and Times of Franklin Benjamin Sanborn.  A biography of the 19th century Concord, Massachusetts schoolteacher who befriended, and later wrote the biographies of, John Brown, Henry David Thoreau, and Ralph Waldo Emerson. Henry James Sr. went so far as to call passionate Sanborn an instigator of the Civil War, dubbing it "Sanborn's War."  

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He was buried in Concord, Massachusetts, in the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, near the graves of his friends and mentors Henry Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Bronson Alcott, and Ellery Channing. Concord's flags were flown at half-mast for three days.  At the end of the month, February, 1917, just prior to America's entering World War I, the Massachusetts House of Representatives adopted a bill honoring Sanborn for his dedication to the unfortunate, the diseased, and the despised. The Resolution cited Sanborn's role as a Confidential Adviser to John Brown, for whose sake he was arrested, mistreated, and nearly deported... 

Erratic Impact Awards Review:  Not only is this undeservedly marginalized figure brought to life in this compelling work, but the intimate details of Clark's narrative brings Sanborn's Transcendentalist world to life as well.  This remarkable biography produces for the reader a direct sense of the social nerve and intellectual daring of 19th Century New England. Clark has done an outstanding job in the art of biography.  

This e-text consists of 26 chapters.  Easy to navigate, well researched, a must read for anyone seriously interested in U.S. History and American Transcendental Philosophy and Literature.

 

PAL: Perspectives in American Literature: A Research and Reference Guide

This chapter on early nineteenth-century American Transcendentalism from Paul Reuben's research guide has useful information and bibliographies on the New England Transcendentalists.

 

The American Renaissance & Transcendentalism

A brief overview of the American Renaissance with a good list of relevant writings, from the PBS Web site Thomas Hampson: I Hear America Singing.

 

New England Transcendentalism

An excellent overview of Transcendentalism written by Leslie Perrin Wilson, the Curator of Special Collections at the Concord Free Public Library, for the November 1998 issue of an online magazine called The Concord Magazine. This article provides a complete bibliography of sources. If you have trouble reading the pages as printed by your Internet browser, read Leslie's tips for printing the page.

 

Philosophers, Scientists and Theologians of the 19th Century

Website by Miles H. Hodges with extensive listings, including American philosophy and 19th Century Transcendentalists.

 

Bronson Alcott (1799-1893)

Biographical information about Bronson Alcott and his family, from the PBS Web site "Thomas Hampson: I Hear America Singing."

 

The William Ellery Channing Center

The William Ellery Channing Center. William Ellery Channing (1780-1842) was a pivotal figure in the literary and religious life in nineteenth-century America. This center hopes to re-expose this great man to a new readership by publishing his best work electronically (some now out of print in paper) and supplying links to works about Channing.

 

William Ellery Channing

A biographical essay on William Ellery Channing written by Unitarian minister Frank Carpenter in 1994.

 

Ralph Waldo Emerson

This page lists the writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson, many of which are available in electronic form.

 

"A View of Frederick Law Olmsted"

Essay by R.H. Albright (Boston, MA; 1996-98)

"Frederick Law Olmsted (1822-1903) made an amazing impact on landscape architecture during a time when citizens had a strong sense of civic pride."

 

Unitarians and Universalists, Emerson

Good introductory biography of Thoreau's mentor and friend, Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Margaret Fuller (1810-1850)

A biographical sketch and brief description of Fuller's writings, part of the PBS Web site, "Thomas Hampson: I Hear America Singing."

 

Margaret Fuller Home Page

An informative site from the English Department of Eastern Kentucky University about Margaret Fuller--feminist, poet, literary critic, journalist, human rights activist, and co-founder of the Transcendental journal, The Dial.

 

The Margaret Fuller Society

Founded in 1992, the Society is a non-profit educational organization founded to stimulate interest in the life and writings of Fuller.

 

Margaret Fuller: A Man's Mind and a Woman's Heart?

An overview of Fuller's career as journalist and foreign correspondent, by human rights reporter and foreign correspondent "watchdog" Frederic A. Moritz.

George Ripley and Brook Farm

Brook Farm was founded in 1841 by George and Sophia Ripley. George Ripley (1802-1880) was a former Unitarian minister, a leading member of the Transcendental Club, and he helped found the Transcendentalist publication, The Dial, in 1840. Part of the Massachusetts Historical Society's Web site, this Web page on Brook Farm provides an excellent overview of the utopian community which "combined the theories of individual self-reliance from New England Transcendentalism with more radical social reforms of the time."

Credits:   Elizabeth Witherell and Louisa Dennis, University of California, Santa Barbara Library

 

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