American Transcendentalists

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American Transcendentalists

American Transcendentalists

Henry David Thoreau (July 12, 1817-May 6, 1862)A New England native recognized for his penchant for simple living which he explored in his book Walden. Like Emerson, he operated under many titles, such as historian, naturalist, and abolitionist.

Ralph Waldo Emerson(May 25,1803-April 27, 1882)One of the first leading transcendentalists, as well as a poet, essayist, lecturer, journalist and philosopher.

Walt Whitman(May 31, 1819-March 18, 1892)Although not strictly a transcendentalist, he was in close social circles with the leaders of the movement. His poetry was influnced by what was happening in his world, and his world in return, influenced by his words.

Margaret Fuller (May 23, 1810-July 19, 1850)A brilliant conversationalist, powerful women's rights activist, one of the first female journalists, and author of the book Woman in the 19th Century. Co-editor alongside Emerson of the transcendentalist journal The Dial.

"We need to hear the excuses men make to themselves for their worthlessness." -Margaret Fuller

"These are the days that must happen to you." -Walt Whitman

"Earth laughs in flowers."-Ralph WaldoEmerson

"I never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude."-Henry David Thoreau


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