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Selected Bibliography on Transcendentalism

The major bibliography (annotated) is Joel Myerson's The Transcendentalists: A Review of Research and Criticism. NY: MLA, 1984.  For other works, especially on minor Transcendentalists, see Web Site Paul Reuben's bibliography.
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Albanese, Catherine L. Corresponding Motion: Transcendental Religion And The New America. Philadelphia: Temple UP, 1977.

Asselineau, Roger. The Transcendentalist Constant in American Literature. NY: NYU Press, 1980.

Barbour, Brian M. American Transcendentalism; an Anthology of Criticism. Notre Dame: UND Press,1973.

Boller, Paul F. American Transcendentalism, 1830-1860: An Intellectual Inquiry. NY: Putnam, 1974.

Buell, Lawrence. Literary Transcendentalism; Style and Vision in the American Renaissance. Ithaca: Cornell UP, 1973.

Cameron, Kenneth W. Concord Harvest; Publications of the Concord School of Philosophy and Literature with Notes on its Successors and other Resources for Research in Emerson, Thoreau, Alcott and the Later Transcendentalists. Hartford: Transcendental Books, 1970.

_________. Transcendental Epilogue; Primary Materials for research in Emerson, Thoreau, Literary New England, the influence of German theology, and higher Biblical criticism. Hartford: Transcendental Books, 1965.

__________. Young Emerson's Transcendental Vision. An Exposition of his World View With an Analysis of the Structure, Backgrounds, and Meaning of Nature (1836). Hartford: Transcendental Books, 1971. Note Note.

Carlyle, Thomas. Heroes and Hero Worship. Chicago: Donohue, Henneberry & Co., [No Date Given].

Carlyle, Thomas. The Works of Thomas Carlyle. Ed. H. D. Traill. 30 vols. London:Chapman and Hall, 1896-1899. [Centenary Edition].

Chai, Leon. The Romantic Foundations of the American Renaissance. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1987. Note Note.

Christy, Arthur. The Orient in American Transcendentalism; a study of Emerson, Thoreau, and Alcott. NY: Octagon Books, 1969 [1932, 1960].

Cooke, George Willis. An Historical and Biographical Introduction to Accompany The Dial. Two Volumes. NY: Russell and Russell, 1961.

Cooke, George Willis. Memorabilia of the Transcendentalists in New England. 1902. Reprinted by Kenneth W. Cameron as one volume (Transcendental Books, 1973.) NoteNote.

Emory, Elliot. Puritan Influences in American Literature. University of Illinois Press. London. 1979.

Francis, Richard. Transcendental Utopias : Individual and Community at Brook Farm, Fruitlands, and Walden. Ithaca: Cornell UP, 1997.

____________. "The Ideology of Brook Farm." Studies in the American Renaissance, edited by Joel Myerson. Boston: Twayne, 1977.

Frothingham, O. B. Transcendentalism in New England, a History. Gloucester, Mass.: Smith, 1965. First published in 1876.

Goddard, H. C. Studies in New England Transcendentalism. NY, Humanities P, 1969.

Gohdes, C. L. The Periodicals of American Transcendentalism. Durham: Duke UP, 1931.

Gura, Philip F., and Joel Myerson, eds. Critical Essays on American Transcendentalism. Boston: G.K. Hall, 1982.

Hansen, Olaf. Aesthetic Individualism and Practical Intellect.  Princeton University: Princeton, 1990.

Hunt, John. Pantheism and Christianity, 1970. Port Washington, NY: Kennikat P, 1970.

Hutchison, William R. The Transcendentalist Ministers; Church Reform in the New England Renaissance. New Haven, Yale UP, 1959.

Leighton, Walter. French Philosophers and New-England Transcendentalism. NY: Greenwood P, 1968.

Matthiessen, F. O. American Renaissance. London: Oxford UP, 1941.

Miller Perry. The Transcendentalists, an Anthology. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1960.

Miller, Perry, editor. The American Transcendentalists: Their Prose and Poetry. New York: Doubleday Anchor, 1957.

Mott, Wesley T., editor. Encyclopedia of Transcendentalism. Westport, CN: Greenwood P, 1996.

Myerson, Joel. The New England Transcendentalists and the Dial: a History of the Magazine and its Contributors. Rutherford: Fairleigh Dickinson UP, 1980. Note Note.

--- The Transcendentalists: A Review of Research and Criticism. NY: MLA, 1984. Note Note.

New, Eliza. The Regenerate Lyric: Theology and Innovation in American Poetry.  University of Cambridge: New York, 1993.

Pearce, Roy Harvey. The Continuity of American Poetry.  Princeton University: Princeton, 1961.
Pochmann, Henry A. German Culture in America: Philosophical and Literary Influences 1600-1900. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1957. Note Note.

Rockefeller, Steven C., and Elder, John C., editors. Spirit and Nature: Why the Environment is a Religious Issue. Boston: Beacon Press, 1992. Note Note.

Rose, Anne.  Transcendentalism as a Social Movement, 1830-1850.  New Haven: Yale University Press, 1981. Note Note.

Santmire, H. Paul. Brother Earth: Nature, God, and Ecology in Time of Crisis. New York: Thomas Nelson, Inc., 1970. Note Note.

Simon and Parsons, eds. Transcendentalism and its Legacy. Ann Arbor: UMich P, 1966.

Steele, Jeffrey. The Representation of the Self in the American Renaissance. Chapel Hill: UNC P, 1987.

Stoehr,Taylor.Nay-saying in Concord : Emerson, Alcott, and Thoreau. Hamden, CN: Archon Books, 1979.

Vogel, Stanley M. German Literary Influences on the American Transcendentalists. 1955. Reprint.[Hamden, Conn.]: Archon Books, 1970. Note Note.

Welleck, Rene. Confrontations: Studies in the Intellectual and Literary Relations between Germany, England, and the United States during the Nineteenth Century. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1965.

Willoughby, L.A. The Romantic Movement in Germany. New York: Russell & Russell, 1930. Note Note.

Primary Academic Journals:

ATQ. American Transcendental Quarterly. Print; from 1989-present abstracts and some articles are also on-line at InfoTrac [available in many academic libraries.]
Web Site ESQ. A Journal of the American Renaissance [Note: Early volumes of the journal are titled Emerson Society Quarterly.

Ralph Waldo Emerson Inner link

Henry David Thoreau

[See also Web Site Paul Reuben's Thoreau Bibliography]

Other Transcendentalists.

Ellery Channing

McGill, Frederick T. Jr. Channing of Concord: A Life of William Ellery Channing II. New Brunswick: Rutgers UP, 1967.

Hudspeth, Robert N. Ellery Channing. New York: Twayne, 1973.

Christopher Cranch

Miller, Frederick De Wolfe. Christopher Pearse Cranch and his caricatures of New England transcendentalism. Cambridge: Harvard, 1951.

Robinson, David. "The Career and Reputation of Christopher Pearse Cranch: An Essay in Biography and Bibliography." Studies in the American Renaissance, Joel Myerson, editor. Boston: Twayne, 1978.

Margaret Fuller

von Mehren, Joan. Minerva and the Muse: A Life of Margaret Fuller. Amherst: UMass P, 1994. Note Note.

Theodore Parker

Albrecht, R. C. Theodore Parker. NY: Twayne, 1971.

Collins, Robert E. Theodore Parker: American Transcendentalist. A Critical Essay and a Collection of his Writings. Metuchen: Scarecrow, 1973.

Collison, Gary L. "Toward Democratic Vistas: Theodore Parker, Friendship, and Transcendentalism." In Mott, Chapter 9.

Grodzins, Dean. American heretic: Theodore Parker and transcendentalism. Chapel Hill: UNCP, 2002.

Elizabeth Palmer Peabody

Ronda, Bruce A. Elizabeth Palmer Peabody: A Reformer On Her Own Terms. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1999.

Tharp, Louise Hall. The Peabody Sisters of Salem. Boston, Massachusetts: Little, Brown and Company, 1950.

Jones Very

Gittleman, Edwin. Jones Very: The Effective Years: 1833-1840. New York: Columbia University Press, 1967. Note Note.

Orestes Brownson

Brownson, Henry F. Brownson’s Early, Middle and Later Life. Detroit, 1898-1900.

Carey, Patrick W., editor. The Early Works of Orestes A. Brownson. Milwaukee: Marquette UP, 2000.

Lapati, Americo D. Orestes A. Brownson. NY: Twayne, 1965.

Walt Whitman

Miller, James, E. Walt Whitman. New York: Twayne, 1990.

Frederick Douglass

Andrews, William L., editor. The Oxford Frederick Douglass Reader. New York: Oxford UP, 1996.

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