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American Transcendentalism: A History , and: The Transcendentalists (review)

American Transcendentalism: A History , and: The Transcendentalists (review) JOURNAL OF THE EARLY REPUBLIC (Fall 2010) American Transcendentalism: A History. By Philip F. Gura. (New York: Hill and Wang, 2008. Pp. xi, 384. Cloth, $27.50; Paper, $15.00.) The Transcendentalists. By Barbara Packer. (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2007. Pp. 304. Cloth, $49.95; Paper, $22.95.) Reviewed by Ryan McIlhenny Capturing the central message of Transcendentalism in his essay ``SelfReliance,'' Ralph Waldo Emerson stated plainly that ``to be great is to be misunderstood.'' If misunderstanding characterizes the general reception of those reading the Transcendentalists, then indeed American thinkers like Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Orestes Brownson, and Margaret Fuller must have been the most superior class of thinkers ever produced in America. For nearly two centuries now, from Charles Ellis's Essay on Transcendentalism to the work of Perry Miller, William Hutchinson, Anne Rose, and Catherine Albanese in more recent decades, scholars have attempted to explicate further in order to celebrate the significance of Transcendentalist thought. Barbara Packer, professor of English at UCLA, and Philip Gura, professor of literature and culture at University of Northa Carolina at Chapel Hill, have now added to the discussion. In her appropriately titled The Transcendentalists, an expansion of her similarly titled essay that first appeared http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of the Early Republic University of Pennsylvania Press

American Transcendentalism: A History , and: The Transcendentalists (review)

Journal of the Early Republic , Volume 30 (3) – Aug 19, 2010

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JOURNAL OF THE EARLY REPUBLIC (Fall 2010) American Transcendentalism: A History. By Philip F. Gura. (New York: Hill and Wang, 2008. Pp. xi, 384. Cloth, $27.50; Paper, $15.00.) The Transcendentalists. By Barbara Packer. (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2007. Pp. 304. Cloth, $49.95; Paper, $22.95.) Reviewed by Ryan McIlhenny Capturing the central message of Transcendentalism in his essay ``SelfReliance,'' Ralph Waldo Emerson stated plainly that ``to be great is to be misunderstood.'' If misunderstanding characterizes the general reception of those reading the Transcendentalists, then indeed American thinkers like Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Orestes Brownson, and Margaret Fuller must have been the most superior class of thinkers ever produced in America. For nearly two centuries now, from Charles Ellis's Essay on Transcendentalism to the work of Perry Miller, William Hutchinson, Anne Rose, and Catherine Albanese in more recent decades, scholars have attempted to explicate further in order to celebrate the significance of Transcendentalist thought. Barbara Packer, professor of English at UCLA, and Philip Gura, professor of literature and culture at University of Northa Carolina at Chapel Hill, have now added to the discussion. In her appropriately titled The Transcendentalists, an expansion of her similarly titled essay that first appeared

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Published: Aug 19, 2010

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