Classics Club Event: Transcendentalist Literature in April

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All right, clubbers! Today begins the fourth installment of our Twelve Months of Classic Literature Event with works of Transcendentalist literature (or its inspirations/influence in literature):

  • works by the Transcendentalists (includes people in the Transcendental Club as well as people close to that circle) – Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Margaret Fuller, Emily Dickinson, William Ellery Channing, Elizabeth Palmer Peabody, A. Bronson Alcott, Walt Whitman (etc)… (List of Transcendentalist Writers/Artists)
  • works by artists of the American Renaissance who found it difficult to accept Transcendentalist optimism: Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, Edgar Allen Poe… (they are in the conversation, even if they don’t agree with Transcendentalism.)
  • works by influences on Transcendentalism outside America: William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Immanuel Kant, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe…
  • works by people influenced by Transcendentalism outside America (Leo Tolstoy, Gandhi…) – each were influenced by Thoreau’s Civil Disobedience.
  • works about Transcendentalism’s history, writers, followers, etc.

This Transcendentalist Event is for the current month, but honestly, you can contribute thoughts and post links to the comments below whenever you write them. The purpose of this event is to have a central place to share our thoughts/posts on the topic.

We want to know what you read and what you think about this topic, but we don’t want to research for you. We’re excited to see how this club shapes this month’s topic. We’re a great mix of experts and new readers. We want to encourage you all to share and explore. Use the links above to get started.

Even if you don’t have time to read for the event this month, you could post about the titles you have on your club list that pertain to this month’s topic, write an informative post for fellow clubbers on the topic, or talk about why you didn’t include any titles from the topic on your club list. Feature an author! Write a poem! Explore classic art that accentuates the literature. It’s your event. Research-based posts, free-writing, emotion-based “I love this topic” journal entries, lists – all are welcome and encouraged. Some of you may be experts (or experts in progress) on this month’s topic. Your input is highly encouraged and appreciated! Others are new to literature. For you and the experts, exploration is encouraged.

Please see our main event page for details. 

So, are you in? What will you be reading/writing? 🙂

Cheers, and a very happy reading and writing month to you! – The Club

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Our muse this month.

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One thought on “Classics Club Event: Transcendentalist Literature in April

  1. Great topic idea, I love the Transcendentalists! I have Megan Marshall’s The Peabody Sisters: Three Women who Ignited American Romanticism near the top of my TBR list, so perhaps I’ll get on that sooner rather than later. Have also been thinking of re-reading Margaret Fuller’s Summer on the Lakes as well as some of Emerson’s Essays. I just moved to New England a few months ago and it is rekindling my love for 19th century American Lit.


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