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Woman in the Nineteenth Century - Margaret Fuller
First published in book form in 1845. In this book, Fuller articulates values arising from her passionate belief in justice and equality for all humankind, with a particular focus on women. Although her notion of basic rights certainly includes those of an educational, economic, and legal nature, it is intellectual expansion and changes in the prevailing attitudes towards women that Fuller cherishes far above the superficial manifestations of liberation.
Dover Publications, 1999. Dover Thrift Editions, 2016. paperback. 132 pp.
The New England Transcendentalists: Life of the Mind and of the Spirit (Second Edition) - Ellen Hansen
Gives insight into the idealism and romanticism running through 19th century Transcendentalist philosophy, thought, and spirituality and into the movement's critique of the materialist and rationalist culture of the time. Introduces the reader to Transcendentalism through excertps from the writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Margaret Fuller, Walt Whitman, and others.
History Compass, 2014. Paperback, 69 pp.
Creating Waldens: An East-West Conveersation on the American Renaissance - Ronald A Bosco, Joel Myerson, Daisaku Ikeda
Consists of provocative discussions among Ronald A Bosco, Joel Myerson and Daisaku Ikeda. In it they explore the multifaceted, enduring legacy of Emerson, Thoreau, and Whitman, with a view toward answering the question: How can I incorporate the spiritual and ethical insights of Emerson, Thoreau, and Whitman into my life today?
Dialogue Path Press, 2009. Paperback. 203 pp.
Stirring the Nation's Heart: Eighteen Stories of Prophetic Unitarians and Universalists of the Nineteenth Century - Polly Peterson
Explores the nineteenth-century roots of this liberal faith through the stories of some of the people who led the church in new directions at a pivotal time in American history. Featured are: Julia Ward Howe, William Ellery Channing, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Judith Sargent Murray, Bronson Alcott, Elizabeth Palmer Peabody, Margaret Fuller, Brook Farm, Lydia Maria Child, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, Theodore Parker, Robert Gould Shaw, Lucy Stone and Henry Blackwell, Susan B. Anthony, Olympia Brown, Joseph Tuckerman, Samuel Gridley Howe, and Dorothea Dix.
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations, 2010. Paperback, 6 x 9 inch format, 195 pp.
American Transcendentalism: A History - Philip F. Gura
An excellent comprehensive narrative history of America's first group of public intellectuals, the men and women who defined American literature in the decades before and after the Civil War.
Hill and Wang, 2008. Paperback, 5 x 8 inch format, 365 pp.
Margaret Fuller: A New American Life - Megan Marshall
The award-winning author of
The Peabody Sisters
takes a fresh look at the life of great American heroine Margaret Fuller: Thoreau's first editor, Emerson's close friend, first female war correspondent, passionate advocate of personal liberation. Marshall's Pulitzer-Prize winning biography gives a thorough and compassionate view of an extraordinary woman.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.
Paperback, 6 x 9 inch format, 474 pp.
The American Transcendentalists: Essential Writings - Lawrence Buell
Edited by the eminent scholar Lawrence Buell, this comprehensive anthology contains the essential writings of Emerson, Thoreau, Margaret Fuller and their fellow visionaries. There are also reflections on the movement by contemporaries like Chrales Dickens, Henry James, Walt Whitman, Louisa May Alcott and Nathaniel Hawthorne. This remarkable volume introduces the radical innovations of a brilliant group of thinkers whose impact on religious thought, social reform, philosophy and literature continues to reverberate in the twenty-first century.
New York: The Modern Library, 2006. 576 pp. Paperback.
Transcendentalism and the Cultivation of the Soul - Barry Andrews
Explores the concrete, interrelated spiritual practices that were the vital source from which everything else about Transcendentalism - texts,, ideas, and social action - flowed. In approachable and accessible prose, Andrews uncovers a wealth of spiritual practices that are of particular value for today's spiritual seekers and religious liberals.
University of Massachusetts Press, 2017. Paperback, 6 by 9 inch format, 163 pp.
Minerva and the Muse: A Life of Margaret Fuller - Joan Von Mehren
Describes Margaret Fuller's evolution as a woman and a writer, encompassing her
career as editor of the
The New York Tribune
, and other literary achievements. At the time this biography was published, it superseded prior and inadequate studies.
University of Massachusetts Press, 1994. Paperback, 6 x 9 inch format, 398 pp.
Eden's Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father - John Matteson
A Pulitzer-prize winning biography of some of our favorite people. This story of Bronson and Louisa's tense yet loving relationship adds dimensions to Louisa's life, her work, and the relationships of fathers and daughters.
W. W. Norton, 2007. Hardcover, 497 pp.
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