I’ve read bits and pieces about Transcendentalism and it has always fascinated me. After participating in a reading challenge of New England authors in 2016 my appetite was whetted again. I decided to make my own personal reading challenge in 2017 to learn as much as I can about this important movement in the history of American social, literary, philosophical and spiritual life.

I can’t say just what and how many of the works below I will read or what new works I might find to read, but this bibliography is a good place to start. I plan to review what I’ve read once a month on the last Tuesday beginning in February.

Yes, that would be Transcendental Tuesdays!

Primary Sources:

A. Bronson Alcott
The Doctrine and Discipline of Human Culture (1836)
Concord Days (1872)

Louisa May Alcott
“Transcendental Wild Oats” (1873)

Cyrus Augustus Bartol
Pictures of Europe, Framed in Ideas (1855)

A. Bronson Alcott & Charles Lane
“Fruitlands,” Dial 4 (1843)

Orestes Brownson
New Views of Christianity, Society and the Church (1836)

William Ellery Channing
“Likeness to God” (1828)
Self-Culture (1838)
Memoirs of Margaret Fuller Ossoli (1852)

Lydia Marie Child
The Progress of Religious Ideas, Through Successive Ages (1855)

Caroline Dall
Transcendentalism in New England: A Lecture Delivered Before the Society for Philosophical Inquiry, Washington, D.C., May 7, 1895

Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Nature” (1836)
“The American Scholar” (1837)
Divinity School Address (1838)
“Self-Reliance” (1841)
“The Transcendentalist” (1841)
“Seventh of March Speech on the Fugitive Slave Law” (1854)
“Thoreau” (1862)
Society and Solitude (1870)

Octavius Brooks Frothingham
Transcendentalism in New England (1876)
George Ripley (1882)

Margaret Fuller
“The Great Lawsuit: Man versus Men. Woman versus Women (1843)
“New Year’s Day” New York Daily Tribune 28 (1844)
Woman in the Nineteenth Century (1845)
Papers on Literature and Art (1846)

Oliver Wendell Holmes
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1884)

Charles Lane
“Brook Farm” Dial 4 (1844)

Charles Lane & A. Bronson Alcott
“The Consociate Family Life,” Herald of Freedom 8 (1843)

Theodore Parker
Discourse on the Transient and Permanent in Christian (1842)
Discourse of Matters Pertaining to Religion (1842)
A Sermon of the Public Function of Woman, Preached at the Music Hall, March 27, 1853

Elizabeth Palmer Peabody
Published The Dial

Samson Reed
“Genius” Aesthetic Papers, 1 (1849)

George Ripley
Discourses on the Philosophy of Religion (1836)

Lindsay Swift
Brook Farm: Its Members, Scholars, and Visitors (1900)

Henry David Thoreau
“A Winter Walk” Dial 4 (1843)
“Slavery in Massachusetts” (1854)

Henry Ware, Jr.
The Personality of the Deity (1838)

Secondary Sources:

Catherine Albanese
Corresponding Motion: Transcendental Religion and the New America (1977)

Carlos Baker
Emerson Among the Eccentrics: A group Portrait (1996)

Charles Capper
Margaret Fuller: An American Romantic Life (1992)

Charles Capper & Conrad Edick Wright
Transient and Permanent: The Transcendental Movement and its Contexts (1999)

Susan Cheever
American Bloomsbury (2006)

Phyllis Cole
Mary Moody Emerson and the Origins of Transcendentalism: A Family History (1998)

Charles R. Crowe
George Ripley: Transcendentalist and Utopian Socialist (1967)

Frederick C. Dahlstrand
Amos Bronson Alcott: An Intellectual Biography (1982)

Andrew Delbanco
William Ellery Channing: An Essay on the Liberal Spirit in America (1981)

Richard Francis
Transcendental Utopias: Individual and Community at Brook Farm, Fruitlands, and Walden (1997)

Edwin Gittleman
Jones Very: The Effective Years 1833-1840 (1967)

Dean Grodzins
American Heretic: Theodore Parker and Transcendentalism (2002)

Robert D. Habich
Transcendentalism and the Western Messenger: A History of the Magazine and it Contributors, 1835-1841 (1985)

Walter Harding & Carl Bode
The Correspondence of Henry David Thoreau (1958)
The Days of Henry David Thoreau (1982)

Daniel Walker Howe
The Unitarian Conscience: Harvard Moral Philosophy 1805-1861 (1970)

Robert Hudspeth
Ellery Channing (1973)

Nathan Kaplan & Thomas Katsaros
The Origins of American Transcendentalism in Philosophy and Mysticism (1975)

Elizabeth R. McKinsey
The Western Experiment: New England Transcendentalists in the Ohio Valley (1973)

Joel Myerson
The New England Transcendentalists an the Dial: A History of the Magazine and its Contributors (1980)
The Brook Farm Book: A Collection of First-Hand Accounts of the Community (1987)

David Robinson
The Unitarians and the Universalists (1985)

Bruce A. Ronda
The Letters of Elizabeth Palmer Peabody, American Renaissance Woman (1984)

Henry W. Sams
The Autobiography of Brook Farm (1958)

Anne C. Rose
Transcendentalism as a Social Movement 1830-1850 (1981)

Arthur Versluis
American Transcendentalism & Asian Religions (1993)


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