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Emerson's Protégés: Mentoring and Marketing Transcendentalism's Future

David Dowling


In the late 1830s, Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist, poet, lecturer, and leader of the Transcendentalist movement, publicly called for a radical nationwide vocational reinvention, and an idealistic group of collegians eagerly responded. Assuming the role of mentor, editor, and promoter, Emerson freely offered them his time, financial support, and antimaterialistic counsel, and profoundly shaped the careers of his young acolytes—including Henry David Thoreau, renowned journalist and women's rights advocate Margaret Fuller, and lesser-known literary figures such as Samuel Ward and reckless ... More

Keywords: altruism, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Transcendentalist movement, Henry David Thoreau, Margaret Fuller, Samuel Ward, Jones Very, Ellery Channing, Charles Newcomb, literary market

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780300197440
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300197440.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Dowling, author
University of Iowa's School of Journalism and Mass Communication