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Barbour, Brian M. (ed), AMERICAN TRANSCENDENTALISM: An Anthology of Criticism. VG/VG. University of Notre Dame Press, 1973. Notes, bibliography, index, 302 pages.
~~~ "This collection of critical essays views transcendentalism from many different perspectives, noting the movement's failure to grasp the complex social realities of its time. An extensive and valuable bibliography is included. The first section introduces the world of transcendentalism and its peculiar vocabulary. The transcendentalist attitude toward nature is examined, as is its faith that spiritual truth was immediately available to all. The next part attempts to place the movement in the history of ideas. How did New England produce the transcententalism of Emerson less than a century after it had known the Calvinism of Jonathan Edwards? How important was the influence of Coleridge, Kant, and the French Ectectics? Why did Ripley's attempt to combine transcendentalism and socialism at the Brook Farm community prove so short-lived? A theological retrospect of the movement reviews the development of Unitarianism, analyzes the response to Emerson's 'Divinity School Address' and examines transcendentalism's inability to cope with the horrors of the Civil War. The foremost transcendentalist was Emerson. His resignation from the ministry is discussed and his life contrated with that of Orestes Brownson. Henry James gives a personal evaluation of Emerson's importance to the phenomenon, and a final essay contains a highly astringent moral criticism of the movement -- the possible latent effect of Emerson's ideas on Hart Crane."
~~~ OUT OF PRINT.

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Barbour, Brian M. (ed), EMERSON ON TRANSCENDENTALISM. NEW copy, trade PAPERBACK. (Continuum International Publishing Group). "Milestones of Thought" series. Notes, bibliography, index, 1092 pages.
~~~ The full texts of four seminal works by Emerson are presented in this volume: 'Nature,' 'The American Scholar, ' 'The Divinity School Address,' and 'The Transcendentalist.' Edward Ericson assesses that impact in his helpful introduction and evaluates anew Emerson's continuing influence on American culture in our century.

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Delano, Sterling F. BROOK FARM: The Dark Side of Utopia . NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Harvard University Press, 2004) Illustrations, notes, index, 448 pages.

~~~ Life at Brook Farm resembled an Arcadian adventure, in which the days began with the choir singing Mozart and Haydn and ended with drama and dancing. But how accurate is this image? In the first comprehensive examination of the famous utopian community in West Roxbury, Massachusetts, Sterling Delano reveals a surprisingly grim side to paradise as the Brook Farmers faced relentless financial pressures, a declining faith in their leaders, and smoldering class antagonisms.
~~~ Delano weaves through this remarkable story the voices of the Brook Farmers themselves, including their founder, George Ripley. Ripley founded Brook Farm in 1841 as an agrarian and pastoral society that would "insure a more natural union between intellectual and manual labor," yet he was surprisingly unprepared to lead it. Three years after its founding, Brook Farm was transformed into an industrial Phalanx. Longtime members departed, and key supporters withdrew. A smallpox scare, a financial lawsuit filed by Nathaniel Hawthorne, and a devastating fire all contributed to the community's ultimate demise. Despite its failure, however, the Brook Farmers recalled only its positive aspects, including the opportunities there for women and its progressive educational program.
~~~ In his wonderfully evocative account, Delano gives us a more complete picture than ever before of Brook Farm, and vividly chronicles the spirit of the Transcendental age.

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Buell, Lawrence (ed). THE AMERICAN TRANSCENDENTALISTS: Essential Writings. NEW copy, trade paperback. (NY: Modern Library, 2006) 576 pages.

~~~ 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.

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Cole, Phyllis, MARY MOODY EMERSON AND THE ORIGINS OF TRANSCENDENTALISM: A Family History. Oxford University Press, 2002. NEW copy. TRADE PAPERBACK. 370 pages. "In this magisterial work of feminist archaeology, Phyllis Cole recovers Mary Moody Emerson’s life in the contexts of late New England Calvinism, the Emerson family, women’s opportunities in the early republic and Mary’s own crusty personality."

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Gura, Philip F. AMERICAN TRANSCENDENTALISM, A HISTORY: The First Comprehensive History of Transcendentalism. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2007). 365 pages.
~~~ American Transcendentalism is a comprehensive narrative history of America’s first group of public intellectuals, the men and women who defined American literature and indelibly marked American reform in the decades before and following the America Civil War. Philip F. Gura masterfully traces their intellectual genealogy to transatlantic religious and philosophical ideas, illustrating how these informed the fierce local theological debates that, so often first in Massachusetts and eventually throughout America, gave rise to practical, personal, and quixotic attempts to improve, even perfect the world. The transcendentalists would painfully bifurcate over what could be attained and how, one half epitomized by Ralph Waldo Emerson and stressing self-reliant individualism, the other by Orestes Brownson, George Ripley, and Theodore Parker, emphasizing commitment to the larger social good.
~~~ By the 1850s, the uniquely American problem of slavery dissolved differences as transcendentalists turned ever more exclusively to abolition. Along with their early inheritance from European Romanticism, America’s transcendentalists abandoned their interest in general humanitarian reform. By war’s end, transcendentalism had become identified exclusively with Emersonian self-reliance, congruent with the national ethos of political liberalism and market capitalism.

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Twain, Mark, COLLECTED TALES, SKETCHES, SPEECHES AND ESSAYS: Volume 1, 1852-1890. NEW copy, Hardcover with dust jacket. (Library of America, 1992), 1076 pages.
~~~ Arranged chronologically, the most comprehensive collection ever published of Mark Twain’s short writings: the incomparable stories, sketches, burlesques, hoaxes, tall tales, speeches, satires, and maxims of America’s greatest humorist..

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Twain, Mark, COLLECTED TALES, SKETCHES, SPEECHES AND ESSAYS: Volume 2, 1891-1910. NEW copy, Hardcover with dust jacket. (Library of America, 1992), 1050 pages.
~~~ The 80 pieces collected in this volume cover the years when Twain was emerging from bankruptcy and personal tragedy to become the white-suited, cigar-smoking international celebrity who reported his own foibles and those of his fellow humans with an unerring sense of the absurd. Arranged chronologically and containing many pieces restored to the form in which they were originally intended to appear, the collection documents Twain's literary evolution during the last two decades of his life. .

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Twain, Mark, GILDED AGE AND LATER NOVELS. NEW copy, Hardcover with dust jacket. (Library of America, 2002), 1053 pages.
~~~ Contains the title novel plus The American Claimant, Tom Sawyer Abroad, Tom Sawyer Detective, and No. 44, the Mysterious Stranger, all written in Twain's later years, between 1873 and 1910. .

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[Twain] Andrew Hoffman, INVENTING MARK TWAIN: The Lives of Samuel Langhorne Clemens VG/NF. In almost new condition, except that the corners of several pages have been bent and reflattened. hardcover with dust jacket. William Morrow and Company, 1997. First Edition. Photographs, notes, bibliography, index, 572 pages. ~~~ From Kirkus Reviews: "This brisk double profile ably traces the career of America's greatest literary celebrity, ark Twain, while drawing a full portrait of his progenitor, Samuel Clemens. For novelist and scholar Hoffman, Clemens was an insecure if sympathetically brilliant narcissist, desperate to rewrite his past and secure his future. Thus he created the Mark Twain persona: a masterstroke of self-creation and self-promotion that Hoffman considers nothing less than the 'inspired ad-hoc invention of fame.' Hoffman seeks to reconstruct what Clemens actually experienced before he edited and capitalized on his life. Thus, the Mississippi is the tragic scene of Clemens's father's doomed struggle to support his family. Hoffman illuminates several years of Clemens's life about which he never wrote, when his teenage rebelliousness led him to leave home and become an itinerant typesetter and newspaper columnist. A career as a riverboat pilot was interrupted by the Civil War, which Clemens sat out reporting for newspapers in Nevada and California. Hoffman deftly explores the romantic relationships with men that Clemens conducted in his years out west, placing them in the contexts of both boomtown mining culture and also the literary bohemianism that Clemens increasingly came to embrace. Local fame in San Francisco led to successful lectures in the east; soon Mark Twain's brilliant travel writing was earning top dollar. But adroit as the narrative of these years is, Hoffman's account of the creation of the great novels, particularly The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, is thin, and by the time he reaches the eventual wreck of Clemens's investments and the tragic deaths of two of his daughters, his commentary has become less insightful. Even Clemens's final years as a terrifying iconoclast come off muted. While Hoffman doesn't capture the full spectrum of his subject's achievements and disasters, he does convincingly picture Samuel Clemens's personality: a character interesting not least for his powerful ambivalence towards his astoundingly successful public alter ego." Originally published at $30, now OUT OF PRINT.

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