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Every now and then the past yields up one of its lost treasures. This book is just such a gem. Bronson Alcott, friend and sometimes mentor to Emerson and Thoreau in Concord, was also a visionary educator who believed that the psyche of a child already carries within it the imprint of spirit and wisdom. At his school in Boston in the 1830s, he held this extraordinary series ...more
Paperback, 388 pages
Published June 1st 1991 by Lindisfarne Books
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Amos Bronson Alcott is one of the unsung heroes of American Transcendentalism, although he might find the word "hero" actually a pejorative. Nowdays eclipsed by his daughter Louisa May, he was nonetheless a strong inspiration on Emerson and others in his circle, who wrote about his wonderful gift for conversation. Unfortunately, this gift did not translate into a gift for writing as well. This book is not "written" by him, but consists of conversations he had with children enrolled in his Temple ...more
This is an amazing book and very well done. I should say that I know the author well and often assisted her. The book is an edited version of an earlier book by Bronson Alcott, father of Louisa May. The book offers what, for then and even often now, are radical educational concepts. However, it is not likely to appeal to a general reader but is more for teachers, educators and those interested in working with children. It has as much to say to those groups today as it did in the 1800's. Here's a ...more
It is what is on the cover of this book that brought me into a whole new beautiful world. The Hudson River painter, Thomas Cole's, first installment of The Voyage of Life, painting adorns the cover of this book. I've never been the same since.
Amos Bronson Alcott (November 29, 1799 – March 4, 1888) was an American teacher, writer, philosopher, and reformer. As an educator, Alcott pioneered new ways of interacting with young students, focusing on a conversational style, and avoided traditional punishment. He hoped to perfect the human spirit and, to that end, advocated a vegan diet before the term was coined. He was also an abolitionist ...moreMore about Amos Bronson Alcott...