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 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."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781585424344
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/06/2005
Pages: 272
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, the major Emerson Internet presence.


Table of Contents

IPrimary Texts
Introduction to the Primary Texts3
Sampson Reed29
Observations on the Growth of the Mind30
James Marsh33
Preface to Aids to Reflection34
Amos Bronson Alcott, Early Journals38
"Orphic Sayings"41
Preface to Conversations with Children45
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nature, Introduction50
Nature, Chapter 152
IIIndividual Voices
Introduction to Individual Voices59
Ralph Waldo Emerson103
"The Transcendentalist"104
Frederic Henry Hedge140
Amos Bronson Alcott, Journal Entries, 1837143
Margaret Fuller, "Flaxman"156
"The Sacred Marriage"157
"The Great Lawsuit"158
Henry David Thoreau, "Where I Lived, and What I Lived For," from Walden165
"Civil Disobedience"198
IIIThe Transcendental Heritage
Introduction to the Transcendental Heritage231
Movements and Institutions234
Solitary Voices237
Walt Whitman238
Emily Dickinson241
Wallace Stevens244
The Nature Writers251
Loren Eiseley251
Annie Dillard254
Selected Bibliography259

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