Alcott and Emerson

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Alcott and Emerson


A picture of friendship


Bronson Alcott and Ralph Waldo Emerson were not just two of the leading thinkers of the American Transcendentalist movement, but they were also close friends. It was the genius of Emerson that attracted Alcott to Concord, Massachusetts.

This is where Alcott would move his family following the closure of Temple School in Boston. In Concord, Bronson Alcott (along with his daughter Louisa May) were surrounded by the core of American Transcendentalists, including Henry David Thoreau, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Emerson's first published book "Nature," is considered to be his most significant work, and the blueprint for his philosophy of American Transcendentalism. Emerson died of pneumonia in 1882.

This is a screenshot of Amos Bronson Alcott and Ralph Waldo Emerson from "Ralph Waldo Emerson, philosopher and seer : an estimate of his character and genius in prose and verse," published in London in 1889.


A. Bronson Alcott


E. Stock in London


Published 1889

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