The American Transcendentalists

(Nonfiction; Modern Library Paperback, 2006)


Taught sporadically in school, the great American essayists of the mid-nineteenth century—Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne—all too often suffer isolation from their peers and the great Transcendentalist movement that was young America’s first great collective intellectual vision. Editor Lawrence Buell, professor at Harvard and perhaps the finest living scholar of Emerson and his cohort, has gathered the seminal works of the movement in one book, thoughtfully edited, minimally academic, and broad in scope.

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