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This interlinked hypertext was created in Spring 1999 at Virginia Commonwealth University for Professor Ann Woodlief's graduate class in Studies in American Transcendentalism. We are in the process of moving the site to a more stable form, which you are viewing. If you would like to view the original site it is located at transcendentalism-legacy.tamu.edu

Transcendence: The Yin and Yang of Emerson and Goethe

[W]e are now men, and must accept in the highest mind the same transcendent destiny; and not pinched in a corner, not cowards fleeing before a revolution, but redeemers, and benefactors, pious aspirants to be noble clay plastic under the Almighty effort, let us advance on Chaos and the Dark. (Emerson, 1161)

Review of "Excursions"

Many readers of Walden are not aware of Thoreau's thoughtful essays on nature, most of which grew out of his daily walks around Concord. They are rarely published, and were never gathered by Thoreau before his early death. This collection lets more readers judge them for their own remarkable qualities, related to Walden yet unique and the inspiration for much of the nature writing done today.

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