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Emerson's ProtégésMentoring and Marketing Transcendentalism's Future$
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David Dowling

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300197440

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300197440.001.0001

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Christopher Cranch: Finding the Painter in The Poet

Christopher Cranch: Finding the Painter in The Poet

(p.101) 3 Christopher Cranch: Finding the Painter in The Poet
Emerson's Protégés

David Dowling

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on Ralph Waldo Emerson's mentorship of writer and landscape painter Christopher Pearse Cranch. It examines Cranch's immersion into transcendentalism and the transcendentalist ideals in his landscape art, as well as his view of James Freeman Clarke, editor of the Western Literary Messenger, as the ideal Unitarian preacher to emulate. It also considers Cranch's spiritual and vocational crisis that culminated in his decision to abandon his aspiration to become an ordained Unitarian minister; how Emerson's formulation of the ideal transcendental poet influenced Cranch's ambition; and Cranch's attempts to remake himself into Emerson's American scholar and poet.

Keywords:   mentorship, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Christopher Pearse Cranch, transcendentalism, landscape art, James Freeman Clarke

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