The Cambridge History of English and American Literature in 18 Volumes (1907–21).
VOLUME XV. Colonial and Revolutionary Literature; Early National Literature, Part I.

VIII. Transcendentalism



Cooke, George Willis. Unitarianism in America; a History of its Origin and Development. Boston, 1902.

Ellis, George E. A Half–Century of the Unitarian Controversy. Boston, 1857.

Frothingham, Octavius Brooks. Boston Unitarianism, 1820–1850; the Life and Work of Nathaniel Langdon Frothingham. 1890.

—— Transcendentalism in New England, a History. 1876.

Goddard, Harold Clarke. Studies in New England Transcendentalism. 1908. [Columbia University Studies in English. Contains Bibliography.]

Walker, Willston. A History of the Congregational Churches in the United States. 1804.

Winsor, Justin [ed.] The Memorial History of Boston. [Vol. III.] Boston, 1881. [The Unitarians in Boston, by Peabody, A.P.]
See also books listed under VIII. below.


Cary, Edward. George William Curtis. (American Men of Letters.) Boston, 1894.


Codman, J. T. Brook Farm: Historic and Personal Memoirs. Boston, 1894.

Cooke, George Willis. John Sullivan Dwight, Brook–Farmer, Editor, and Critic of Music. Boston, 1898.

Curtis, George William. Early Letters to John S. Dwight, Brook Farm and Concord. Ed. by Cooke, G. W. 1898.

Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The Blithedale Romance. Boston, 1852.

—— Passages from the American Note–Books of Nathaniel Hawthorne. Boston, 1868. 2 vols.

Knortz, C. Brook Farm und Margaret Fuller. 1886.

Sears, John Van Der Zee. My Friends at Brook Farm. 1912.

Swift, Lindsay. Brook Farm; its Members, Scholars, and Visitors. 1900. [Contains bibliography.[

See Lindsay Swift’s Brook Farm for a full bibliography of the Brook Farm experiment.

(a) Works

Observations on the Principles and Methods of Infant Instruction. Boston, 1830.

The Doctrine and Discipline of Human Culture. Boston, 1836.

The Story without an End. Translated from the German…by Sarah Austin; with a Preface, and Key to the Emblems, by A. B. Alcott. Boston, 1836.

Conversations with Children on the Gospels. Boston, 1836–37. 2 vols.

Emerson. Cambridge, 1865. [Privately Printed. Anonymous.]

Tablets. Boston, 1868. (New ed. Boston, 1879.)

Concord Days. Boston, 1872.

Table–Talk. Boston, 1877.

New Connecticut. An Autobiographical Poem. Boston, 1881. [Privately Printed.] Boston, 1886. Ed. Sanborn, F. B., Boston, 1887.

Sonnets and Canzonets. Boston, 1882.

Ralph Waldo Emerson: an Estimate of his Character and Genius; in Prose and Verse. Boston, 1882, 1888.

(b) Biography and Criticism

Bartol, C. A. Amos Bronson Alcott; his Character; a Sermon. Boston, 1888.

Higginson, Thomas Wentworth. Emerson’s “Foot–note Person,”——Alcott.

In Carlyle’s Laugh and Other Surprises. Boston and New York, 1909.

Peabody, Elizabeth Palmer. Record of Mr. Alcott’s School. Boston, 1874.

Sanborn, Frank B. Bronson Alcott at Alcott House, England, and Fruitlands, New England (1842–1844). Cedar Rapids, 1908.

Sanborn, F. B., and Harris, William T. A. Bronson Alcott: His Life and Philosophy. Boston, 1893. 2 vols.

See also under Alcott, Louisa May, VIII., below.

(a) Works

The Works of William Ellery Channing, D. D., First Complete American Edition, with an Introduction. Boston, 1841. 5 vols. [A 6th vol. was added in 1843.] Frequent later editions American and English.

Correspondence of William Ellery Channing and Lucy Aikin, from 1826 to 1842. Ed. by Anna Letitia LeBreton. 1874.

Dr. Channing’s Note–Book; passages from the unpublished manuscripts of William Ellery Channing; selected by his granddaughter Grace Ellery Channing. Boston, 1887.

(b) Biography and Criticism

Brooks, Charles T. William Ellery Channing. A Centennial Memory. Boston, 1880.

Chadwick, J. W. William Ellery Channing, Minister of Religion. Boston, 1903.

Channing, W. H. Memoir of W. E. Channing, with extracts from his correspondence and manuscripts. London, 1848; Boston, 1851. 3 vols. [Edited by W. H. Channing.] As The Life of William Ellery Channing, D. D. Boston, 1880.

Peabody, Elizabeth Palmer. Reminiscences of William Ellery Channing. Boston, 1880.

Renan, Ernest. Etudes D’Histoire Religieuse. Paris, 1864.


(a) Works

Conversations with Goethe in the Last Years of his Life, translated from the German of Eckermann. Boston, 1839. [With a preface by the translator.] [Vol. IV of Specimens of Foreign Standard Literature edited by George Ripley.]

Gunderode. [A translation from the German of the correspondence between Canoness Gunderode and Bettine Brentano.] Boston, 1842. [Anonymous.] [Reprinted, with additional letters translated by Mrs. Minna Wesselhoeft. Boston, 1861.]

Summer on the Lakes, in 1843. Boston, 1844. Issued in England with a condensed edition of the Memoir by W. H. Channing et al. London, 1861.

Woman in the Nineteenth Century. 1845. London, 1845. As Woman in the Nineteenth Century and Kindred Papers relating to the Sphere, Condition, and Duties of Woman. Edited by Arthur B. Fuller, with an Introduction by Horace Greeley. 1855.

Papers on Literature and Art. 1846. 2 vols. London, 1846. The same, two parts in one vol., 1846. As Literature and Art, two parts in one vol., with an introduction by Horace Greeley. 1852. Art, Literature, and the Drama…edited by …Arthur B. Fuller. Boston, 1860. New York, 1869.

At home and Abroad, or Things and Thoughts in America and Europe. Edited by her brother, Arthur B. Fuller. Boston, 1856. London, 1856. [In four parts, part one being Summer on the Lakes previously published.] New York, 1869.

Life Without and Life Within; or Reviews, Narratives, Essays, and Poems. [Now first collected.] Edited by Arthur B. Fuller. Boston, 1860. New York, 1869.

Margaret Fuller on Literary London in 1846. Printed from the original in the Duyckinck collection in the New York Public Library. [A letter from Miss Fuller to Mr. Duyckinck.] Bulletin of the New York Public Library, vol. v, p. 455, 1901.

Love Letter of Margaret Fuller, 1845–1846, with an introduction by Julia Ward Howe; to which are added the reminiscences of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Horace Greeley, and Charles T. Congdon. 1903.

See Higginson’s Margaret Fuller Ossoli for bibliography of Miss Fuller’s contributions to periodicals.

(b) Biography and Criticism

Braun, Frederick Augustus. Margaret Fuller and Goethe. 1910. [Contains bibliography.]

Dall, Caroline Wells (Healey). Margaret and Her Friends, or Ten Conversations with Margaret Fuller upon the Mythology of the Greeks.… Boston, 1895.

Eliot, George. Margaret Fuller. In Essays and Reviews. Boston, 1887.

Emerson, R. W., Channing, W. H., and Clarke, J. F. Memoirs of Margaret Fuller Ossoli. Boston, 1852. 2 vols. [Contains autobiographical sketch.] Ed. by Fuller, A. B. New York, 1869. Margaret Fuller–Ossoli, ein amerikanisches Frauenbild [a translation of the Memoris] by Castell, E. Berlin, 1866.

Higginson, Thomas Wentworth. Margaret Fuller Ossoli. (American Men of Letters.) Boston, 1884. [Contains bibliography.]

Howe, Julia Ward. Margaret Fuller (Marchesa Ossoli). Boston, 1883. [famous Women; published also in London in Eminent Women series.]

MacPhail, Andrew. Margaret Fuller In Essays in Puritanism. Boston, 1905.

See Higginson’s Margaret Fuller Ossoli for more detailed biographical and critical bibliography.


The Collected Works of Theodore Parker… containing his theological, polemical, and critical writings, sermons, speeches, and addresses, and literary miscellanies. Ed. by Frances Power Cobbe. London, 1863–71. 14 vols.

The Critical and Miscelleous Writings of Theodore Parker. Boston, 1843.

Speeches, Addresses and Occasional Sermons. Boston, 1852. 2 vols.

Transcendentalism: a Lecture. Boston, 1876.

The American Scholar. By Theodore Parker; ed. with notes by George Willis Cooke. Boston, 1907. [“A number of Theodore Parker’s more scholarly and critical essays.”]

(b) Biography and Criticism

Chadwick, J. W. Theodore Parker, Preacher and Reformer. Boston, 1900. [Contains bibliography.]

Frothingham, Octavius Brooks. Theodore Parker; a Biography. Boston, 1874.

Weiss, John Life and Correspondence of Theodore Parker. 1864. 2 vols. See Chadwick’s Theodore Parker for a detailed Bibliography.

“The Latest Form of Infidelity’ examined. A letter to Andrew Norton. Boston, 1839.

Defence of “The Latest Form of Infidelity” examined. A Second latter to Andrew Norton. Boston, 1840.

A Third Letter to Andrew Norton, Boston, 1840.

Editor: Specimens of Andrew Foreign Standard Literature. Boston, 1838–1842. 14 vols.

Frothingham, Octavius Brooks. George Ripley. (American Men of Letters.) Boston, 1882.


Alcott, Louisa May. Life, Letters, and Journals. Ed. by Mrs. E. D. Cheney. Boston, 1889.

—— Silver Pitchers, and Other Stories. Boston, 1902. [Contains Transcendental Wild Oats].

Browson, Orestes Augustus. Works: Collected and Arranged by H. F. Browson. Detroit, 1882–1887. 20 vols. [See especially vi, 1–134.]

—— Charles Elwood, or, The Infidel Converted. Boston, 1840. [Reprinted in Works, iv, 173.]

Browson. H. F. Orestes A. Browson’s Life. Detroit, 1898–1900. 3 vols.

Channing, William Elley, the Younger. [See P. K. Foley’s American Authors, 1795–1895, for a bibliography of Channing’s writings.]

Cheney, Mrs. E. D. Reminiscences. Boston, 1902.

Clarke, James Freeman. Autobiography, Diary, and Correspondence. Ed. by E. E. Hale. Boston, 1891.

—— Memorial and Biographical Sketches. Boston, 1878.

Cooke, George Willis. The Poets of Transcendentalism; an Anthology; edited by George Willis Cooke; with introductory essay and biographical notes. Boston and New York, 1903.

Cranch, Christopher Pearse. [See P. K. Foley’s American Authors, 1795–1895, for a bibliography of Cranch’s writings.]

Frothingham, Octavius Brooks. Memoir of William Henry Channings. Boston, 1886.

—— Recollections and Impressions. 1891.

Higginson, Thomas Wentworth. Cheerful Yesterdays. Boston, 1898.

—— Part of a Man’s Life. Boston and New York, 1906. [Contains The Sunny Side of the Transcendental Period.]

Judd, Sylvester. Margaret, a Tale of the Real and the Ideal. Boston, 1846.

Lee, Eliza Buckminster. Memoris of Rev. Joseph Buckminster, D. D. and of his son, Rev. Joseph Stevens Buckminster. Boston, 1849.

Lowell, James Russell. Thoreau. In Works, Boston, 1893, vol. I.

Norton, Andrew. A Discourse on the Latest Form of Infidelity. Cambridge, 1839.

—— Remarks on a Pamphlet, entitled ’The Latest Form of Infidelity examined.” Cambridge, 1839. [See Ripley, George, under VII, above.]

Ticknor, George. Life, Letters and Journals of George Ticknor. Boston, 1877. 2 vols.

Very, Jones. [See P. K. Foley’s American Authors, 1795–1895, for a bibliofraphy of Very’s writings.


The Dial: a Magazine for Literature, Philosophy, and Religion. Vols. I–4. Boston and London, 1840–44. Reprinted by The Rowfant Club of Cleveland; Cleveland, 1900–03. [See also George Willis Cooke’s An Historical and Biographical Introduction to accompany the Dial as reprinted in Numbers for The Rowfant Club. Cleveland, 1902. 2 vols.]

The Harbinger, devoted to Social and Political Progress. Boston and New York, 1845–49.