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Essays by Bronson Alcott, published in 1868. The book is divided into two parts, the first “Practical,” containing discussions on “The Garden,” “Books,” “Counsels,” “Friendship,” and other subjects in a manner somewhat reminiscent of Montaigne; the second “Speculative,” dealing with “Instrumentalities,” “Mind,” “Genesis,” and “Metamorphoses,” in a more transcendental vein. The philosophic ideas in both sections are interspersed by original poems, which supplement the prose and frequently carry it beyond the logical development onto a more spiritual plane.

Subjects: Literature.

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