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Transcendental Club


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A group of American intellectuals who met informally for philosophical discussion at Emerson's house and elsewhere during some years from 1836, the embodiment of a movement of thought, philosophical, religious, social, and economic, produced in New England between 1830 and 1850 by the spirit of revolutionary Europe, German philosophy, and Wordsworth, Coleridge, and Carlyle. The philosophical views of this Transcendentalism may be gathered from Emerson's short treatise Nature (1836). Its literary organ was the Dial.

Its social and economic aspects took form in the Brook Farm Institute (1841–7) of George Ripley, a self‐supporting group of men and women, who shared in manual labour and intellectual pursuits.

Subjects: Literature.


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