The Transcendentalists

A Review of Research and Criticism

  • Editor: Joel Myerson
  • Pages: xix + 534
  • Published: 1984
  • ISBN: 9780873522618 (Paperback)
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“American scholarship at its best: thorough, intelligent, well-informed.”

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“An invaluable tool for scholars and students, especially when it rests on the authority of the Modern Language Association. . . .  This review of transcendental research and criticism is highly recommended for all academic libraries. Because several major American authors are associated with transcendentalism, public libraries should also consider this publication.”


Essential for any collection of Americana, this volume is the first and only comprehensive bibliography of works on the Transcendentalists of the nineteenth century and their major contemporary critics.

The first section of the volume surveys the Transcendental movement and its historical context. The essays that follow evaluate the major figures, including such luminaries as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, Theodore Parker, Elizabeth Palmer Peabody, and Henry David Thoreau. A final section discusses how Transcendentalism influenced or offended certain writers, including Emily Dickinson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, Edgar Allan Poe, and Walt Whitman.

Lawrence Buell
Robert E. Burkholder
J. Wade Caruthers
Ottavio M. Casale
Gary L. Collison
Charles Crowe
Frederick C. Dahlstrand
Francis B. Dedmond
Paul J. Ferlazzo
Leonard Gilhooley
Douglas McCreary Greenwood
William G. Heath
Brian Higgins
Robert N. Hudspeth
Carol Johnston
Jerome Loving
Elizabeth R. McKinsey
Elizabeth A. Meese
Howard N. Meyer
Michael Meyer
W. Gordon Milne
Roger C. Mueller
Leonard Neufeldt
Margaret Neussendorfer
David Robinson
Donald F. Warders
Guy R. Woodall
Thomas Wortham
Conrad Wright