Essential Transcendentalists

Essential Transcendentalists

by Richard G. Geldard
     
 

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Interest abounds in the work of the Transcendentalists, such as Emerson, Thoreau, and Bronson Alcott. Each year, tens of thousands of readers rediscover Transcendental thought in books and articles, and in visits to historic sites, such as Walden Pond. But few appreciate the truly mystical and contemplative qualities of the Transcendentalists, and the spiritual… See more details below

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Interest abounds in the work of the Transcendentalists, such as Emerson, Thoreau, and Bronson Alcott. Each year, tens of thousands of readers rediscover Transcendental thought in books and articles, and in visits to historic sites, such as Walden Pond. But few appreciate the truly mystical and contemplative qualities of the Transcendentalists, and the spiritual movements and figures they have since inspired.  

As Richard G. Geldard-one of today's leading scholars of Emerson-illustrates in The Essential Transcendentalists, Transcendentalism adds up to a school of practical spiritual philosophy that aims to guide the individual toward inner development, much like that of Stoicism in Western antiquity. This current of New England mysticism has influenced modern-day luminaries as diverse as essayist Annie Dillard and Ernest Holmes, founder of the worldwide Religious Science movement.  

Through revealing commentary, historical overview, and selections from classic works, The Essential Transcendentalists provides a distinctive and heretofore neglected examination of the spiritual breadth and depth of "Yankee mysticism."

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Transcendentalism-a.k.a. New England Transcendentalism because of the birthplace of its major participants-was an American political, spiritual, philosophical, and literary movement of the early 19th century that attempted to "transcend" the "mysteries of existence and being" and drew on the thinking of such great writers, poets, dramatists, and philosophers as Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Blake, and Immanuel Kant. This study, edited by Emerson scholar Geldard (dramatic literature & classics, Stanford Univ.) is divided into three main sections, each preceded by helpful explanatory introductions. The first is "Primary Texts," with selections from the writings of Sampson Reed, James Marsh, Amos Alcott (father of Louisa May), and Ralph Waldo Emerson. The second, "Individual Voices," introduces selections from Frederic Hedge, Margaret Fuller, and Henry David Thoreau. The last is "The Transcendental Heritage," which features the works of Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Wallace Stevens, Loren Eiseley, and Annie Dillard. This is a highly informed, elegantly written, fascinating story told through commentary, historical overview, and selections from classic works. It belongs in all libraries.-Leon H. Brody, U.S. Office of Personnel Management Lib., Washington, DC Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9781101144114
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/06/2005
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
862,320
File size:
0 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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