The Transcendentalists: A Guide to Resources on Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and others.

A chief event of life is the day in which we have encountered a mind that startled us.
               -- Ralph Waldo Emerson


Still startling after all these years:

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The Transcendentalist: an essay by Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1842.  Another definition of Transcendentalism. Yet another one. Or check out encyclopedia articles explaining Transcendentalism. Don't miss Ann Woodlief's webliography on American literary Transcendentalism.

Ralph Waldo Emerson Home Page: a wealth of resources on the web. This Emerson page has been listed with Lycos Top 5% of the Web, with the Discovery Channel's homework help pages, the Mining Company philosophy pages and many other sites.

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes: quote-a-day from one of the most quoted Americans (who once said, "I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.")

Henry David Thoreau Home Page: another simple, clear page to find the wealth of Thoreau resources on the web. Like the Ralph Waldo Emerson Home Page, this page has been helping students and others with their web research since 1995, and has been highlighted by many literature, history, and philosophy web sites.

Books on Transcendentalism and Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson 

The Women of Transcendentalism Part 1: Margaret Fuller and Mary Moody Emerson

The Women of Transcendentalism Part 2: Harriet Martineau, the Peabody sisters, Julia Ward Howe

Some rather strange essays on how Fuller, Emerson and other Transcendentalists supposedly "ruined" American education by removing Christianity from the center

Emerson and Thoreau were both associated with Unitarianism (Emerson was a Unitarian minister).  You can find links to information on many famous Unitarians (and Universalists) at the Famous UUs Website and to more documents of liberal and radical religious history at the Electronic Archives of Liberal Religion


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