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Welcome to the Transcendentalists web site!

We've organized this site to provide both original content and links to other material on the internet for study of the Transcendentalists: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Margaret Fuller and others.  We'll be adding more original content over time, so keep visiting and check for what we've added.

New: Understanding Emerson's essay, "Self-Reliance"

New: Plagiarism, Copyright and Citing Online Sources

Note: About email viruses and worms that sometimes spoof this site's return address -- no, that virus or email worm is NOT coming from us!

What you'll find on this site:

Transcendentalism: this section includes background material on the philosophical, religious and literary movement called Transcendentalism. You'll find definitions and descriptions by Emerson and others in the Transcendentalist circle, as well as encyclopedia definitions and a summary, What is Transcendentalism?

Ralph Waldo Emerson: Emersoneverything you've ever wanted to find on Emerson - if it's on the net, and useful, it's probably listed here. Links to information on the life and career of Emerson, exhaustive lists of online versions of his writings, study guides for and critical analysis of his writings, and much, much more.  Award-winning Emerson page, best of the web since 1995.

Henry David ThoreauHenry David Thoreau: another best of the web page, since 1995. Like the Emerson page, this page includes links to material on Thoreau's life and works, analysis and study guides, portraits and related information.

Wild Fruits - Thoreau's Rediscovered Last Manuscript

Others in the Circle: Other Transcendentalists and people close to that circle, including Margaret Fuller, Theodore Parker, Elizabeth Palmer Peabody, A. Bronson Alcott, Louisa May Alcott, Nathaniel Hawthorne, George Ripley, F. B. Sanborn, Jones Very, T. W. Higginson, O. B. Frothingham, William Ellery Channing, Lydia Maria Child, Moncure Conway and many more.

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Discussions: Participate in discussing Emerson, Thoreau and other Transcendentalists. Students often post questions there (but please don't ask us to do your homework for you!); people often need help identifying a quotation; Transcendentalist scholars and enthusiasts are invited to help answer the questions and to discuss issues.  Please join in!

Random Quote: This page includes a random quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson, and also provides an easy way to add a similar random quote to your own personal, educational or nonprofit web page.

Search and Site Map: Handy ways to find your way quickly around this site, and to find further information.

What's New: I try to keep the "What's New" page up-to-date with the many changes on this site.  Visit often to find out what's going on!

Contact Us: Here's where you'll find the site's email contact addresses, helpful if you find an error on this site.  Please use the Discussion Forum for questions and requests for information! 

Credits: More about those responsible for this site.

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No, we are NOT sending you virus emails!  There are many email "worms" that fake the return address, and unfortunately this site's email address is being used on some viruses and worms in that way.  See this article for information on how to find the real culprit -- usually a third party who has your email address and mine in their address book or internet cache: http://antivirus.about.com/library/weekly/aa081903d.htm

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