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."
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.56(w) x 8.23(h) x 0.72(d)|
|Age Range:||18 - 14 Years|
About the Author
Richard G. Geldard is one of the founders of www.rwe.org, the major Emerson Internet presence.
Table of Contents
|Introduction to the Primary Texts||3|
|Observations on the Growth of the Mind||30|
|Preface to Aids to Reflection||34|
|Amos Bronson Alcott, Early Journals||38|
|Preface to Conversations with Children||45|
|Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nature, Introduction||50|
|Nature, Chapter 1||52|
|Introduction to Individual Voices||59|
|Ralph Waldo Emerson||103|
|Frederic Henry Hedge||140|
|Amos Bronson Alcott, Journal Entries, 1837||143|
|Margaret Fuller, "Flaxman"||156|
|"The Sacred Marriage"||157|
|"The Great Lawsuit"||158|
|Henry David Thoreau, "Where I Lived, and What I Lived For," from Walden||165|
|III||The Transcendental Heritage|
|Introduction to the Transcendental Heritage||231|
|Movements and Institutions||234|
|The Nature Writers||251|