What are the best books-about transcendentalism?

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    Walden is a groundbreaking book about the love of nature, being open minded but also about how important is to learn how to be alone with ourselves and the world. If you feel broken or strange, this book will heal you.

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    David Nelson
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "Walden is an amazing book. I've learned so much about the world we live in from it."
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    #2Leaves of Grass

    Leaves of Grass
    Walt Whitman is one of the most influential writers and poets of the 19th century. Leaves of Grass contains all his best poems and an outline of events significant to his life and work. Whitman is famous for his O Captain! My Captain!. 

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    Henry Larson
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "I was looking for a good book about transcendentalism and identified Leaves of Grass. This is a collection of poems and is a classic. The author was known for this type of writing and I found the book to be very enjoyable. Overall, I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in this type of writing and style."
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    #3Self-Reliance and Other Essays

    Self-Reliance and Other Essays

    The Dover Thrift Edition of Self-Reliance and Other Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson includes six essays and one address regarding his views on moral idealism and the later skepticism that colored his thoughts.


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    Ronald Rice
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "Self-Reliance and Other Essays is my best books-about transcendentalism illustrates views on moral idealism and the later skepticism that colored his thoughts."
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    #4The Essential Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson

    The Essential Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Modern Library Classics' The Essential Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson features an introduction of Mary Oliver and a Modern Library reading group guide. It's the definitive collection of Emerson's major speeches, essays, and poetry.


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    Harry Romero
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "The Essential Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson is a wonderful book as it includes a large collection of Emerson's works. It may or may not be related to transcendentalism, but if it is, then it is one of the best."
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    #5Walden and Civil Disobedience

    Walden and Civil Disobedience
    Signet Classics' Walden and Civil Disobedience is a 150th-anniversary version of Henry David Thoreau's masterwork. It's a collection of his reflections on life and society.

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    Lori Bowman
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "I love this because it was his best work he had ever done. I love that it explains about life and society that makes you more interested in reading it."
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    #6Into the Wild

    Into the Wild

    Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer is a non-fiction book about a young man named Christopher Johnson McCandless who left everything he had to start a new life. Months after, his body was found and his unforgettable death will be uncovered. This book was printed in 14 languages.


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    Nicholas Obrien
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This book has received a lot of stellar reviews. From what I can see, it comes highly recommended. It looks like a worthwhile read."
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    #7Little Women

    Little Women

    Little Women is a coming-of-age fiction novel written by Louisa May Alcott. This book follows the story of four teenage sisters living with their mother. The two volumes were consecutively released in 1868 and 1869.


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    Harini Pawar
    Written on April 23, 2018
    " As a young child in elementary school, I picked up Little Women in my school's library, and since then, I have been in love with the series. It is a timeless book that takes you back to a simpler time in life, where all that matters is family, fun, and nature. It is a great book for everyone to enjoy. I really love the characters, and find myself identifying with Jo, despite the differences in our lives. A great book reflective of American Transcendentalism, I highly recommend this book to readers of all ages. "
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    Walking by the hero to environmentalists and ecologists, Henry David Thoreau is an essay first published in the Atlantic Monthly in 1862. It's a vital appreciation of Thoreau's work.


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    Katherine Guzman
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "When reading this, I realized that I was stepping back into another era; to a time when people chose their words with care...words that make you ponder. A time where entertainment and knowledge, through books and stories, used words which were almost alive with their dance.The intellect was there and so inspirational. If you are an inspired writer, or just someone who wants to remember what life was like before TV, internet, and smart phones...take a peek. "
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    #9The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson

    The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson

    The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson contains all the literary works of Dickinson that were overlooked during her lifetime. Her poetry focuses on tragic visions and a wide range of emotional and deep intellectual wonderings.


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    #10The Scarlet Letter

    The Scarlet Letter
    First published in 1850, The Scarlet Letter is a classic work by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Set in a Puritan society, it tells the story of Hester Prynne as she is punished and publicly shamed for having a child outside of wedlock.

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    Nicole Ferguson
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "I tend to get scared when reading classic literature. I fear I will not understand the language, what makes the characters, and the subtle undertones that make these books so immortal. The Dover Thrift Study Edition makes everything so easy to understand while still giving the reader a chance to find their own way through the text. The book itself is in the front, but the back holds character descriptions as they come in, chapter (or chapters) summaries and then an analysis of what has happened and what it means in the bigger picture. Whenever I must read a classic my go to is to see if they have it in a Dover Thrift Study Edition. It makes my life so much easier and I also get so much more out of the book than if I had just read it alone."
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    #11The Portable Thoreau

    The Portable Thoreau

    The Portable Thoreau is a book collection of fictional short stories written by Henry David Thoreau as part of the Viking Portable Library. With over 600 pages, this book was published in 1947 by The Viking Press.


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    He Shen
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "although I am unsure what transcendentalism really is this would seem to be a good read!"


Best What are the best books-about transcendentalism
1WaldenBooks 36 Paid
2Leaves of GrassBooks 33 Paid
3Self-Reliance and Other EssaysBooks 31 Paid
4The Essential Writings of Ralph Waldo EmersonBooks 29 Paid
5Walden and Civil DisobedienceBooks 27 Paid
6Into the WildBooks 26 Paid
7Little WomenBooks 25 Paid
8WalkingBooks 23 Paid
9The Complete Poems of Emily DickinsonBooks 20 Paid
10The Scarlet LetterBooks 19 Paid

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