Encyclopedia of Transcendentalism|
Encyclopedia of Transcendentalism, a new addition to Facts On File’s
Literary Movements series, provides a comprehensive A-to-Z guide to the
Transcendentalists, the legendary group of New England authors that included
Ralph Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. Transcendentalism promoted intuitive
knowledge and the idea that the individual, rather than the Christian God, was
the spiritual and moral center of the universe; it was often called the most
influential American literary and intellectual movement of the 19th century.
Entries cover writers, literary works, and more, ranging from the movement's
origins in the first decades of the 19th century to the activities of a second
generation of thinkers and activists after the Civil War. This volume is unique
in bringing together all of the major, as well as some lesser-known but
significant, writings of a wider circle of writers and thinkers associated with
the Transcendentalists and engaging their philosophical themes.
"The newest addition to Facts On File's
Literary Movements series, the Encyclopedia of Transcendentalism, provides
nearly 400 entries on people, places, institutions, and publications to guide
readers to the literary, philosophical, political, and theological issues
related to the American transcendentalist movement of the nineteenth century.
Resisting a tidy definition, the encyclopedia hints at "the multifaceted
cultural context and wide-ranging impact" of the movement in its own
time...Particularly useful is the number of entries on works surrounding the
relationship between transcendentalism and Unitarianism. The greatest strength
of the Encyclopedia of Transcendentalism is its recognition of the influence and
productivity of women in the transcendentalist movement."
Joseph Thomas -
American Library Association