Selected Writings of the American Transcendentalists
Transcendentalism was the name given to the New England movement
of the 1830s and 1840s that brought together Romanticism in
literature and social reform in politics. Its partisans argued for
the rights of women, the abolition of slavery, and, in some cases,
the socialization of labor and equal distribution of profits. They
were America's first avant-garde.
This volume presents substantial selections from the writings of
key American Transcendentalists, such as George Ripley, Margaret
Fuller, Orestes Brownson, Theodore Parker, and Bronson Alcott.
Included are sermons and diary entries, essays on labor, religion,
education, and literature, on German metaphysics and Coleridge's
philosophy of mind. Many are expressive of the movement's
over-arching project: to define the innermost meanings of
democracy-the nature of man, his place in the world, and his
relation to the divine. First published in 1966, the book has been
updated and expanded for this edition.
Subjects: Language & Literature
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