9780801473807-0801473802-Transcendental Utopias: Individual and Community at Brook Farm, Fruitlands, and Walden

Transcendental Utopias: Individual and Community at Brook Farm, Fruitlands, and Walden

ISBN-13: 9780801473807
ISBN-10: 0801473802
Author: Francis, Richard
Publication date: 2007
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Format: Paperback 264 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780801473807
ISBN-10: 0801473802
Author: Francis, Richard
Publication date: 2007
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Format: Paperback 264 pages

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Acknowledged authors Francis, Richard wrote Transcendental Utopias: Individual and Community at Brook Farm, Fruitlands, and Walden comprising 264 pages back in 2007. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0801473802 and 9780801473807. Since then Transcendental Utopias: Individual and Community at Brook Farm, Fruitlands, and Walden textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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New England Transcendentalism was a vibrant and many-sided movement whose members are probably best remembered for their utopian experiments, their attempts to reconcile the contingent world of history with what they perceived as the stable and patterned world of nature. Richard Francis has written the first book to explore in detail the ideological basis of the three famous experiments during the 1840s: Brook Farm, Fruitlands, and Henry David Thoreau's "community of one" on the shores of Walden Pond.

Francis suggests that at the heart of Transcendentalism was a belief that all phenomena are connected in a repetitive sequence. The task was to explain how human society could be reordered to benefit from this seriality. Some members of the movement believed in evolutionary progress, whereas others hoped to be the agents of a sudden millennial transformation. They differed, as well, in their views as to whether the fundamental social unit was the individual, the family, the phalanstery, or the community.

The story of the three communities was, inevitably, also the story of particular individuals, and Francis highlights the lives and ideas of such leaders as George Ripley, W. H. Channing, Bronson Alcott, Charles Lane, and Theodore Parker. The consistent underlying beliefs of the New England Transcendentalists have exerted a powerful influence on American intellectual and cultural history ever since.

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