Dial Essays (1842)

Transcendentalism

Transcendentalism For more information on Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, more Transcendentalists, and Transcendentalism in general, also see, The Transcendentalists.

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Chardon Street and Bible Conventions

Dial Essays (1842) Chardon Street and Bible Conventions In the month of November, 1840, a Convention of Friends of Universal Reform assembled in the Chardon Street Chapel, in Boston, in obedience to a call in the newspapers signed by a few individuals, inviting all persons to a public discussion of the institutions of the Sabbath,…

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English Reformers

Dial Essays 1842 English Reformers Whilst Mr. Sparks visits England to explore the manuscripts of the Colonial Office, and Dr. Waagen on a mission of Art, Mr. Alcott, whose genius and efforts in the great art of Education have been more appreciated in England than in America, has now been spending some months in that…

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Letter to W. E. Channing

Dial Essays 1842 Letter to W. E. Channing A Letter to Rev. Wm. E. Channing, D. D. By O. A. BROWNSON. Boston: Charles C. Little and James Brown. 1842. That there is no knowledge of God possible to man but a subjective knowledge, ― no revelation but the development of the individual within himself, and…

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Fourierism & the Socialists

Dial Essays (1842) Fourierism & the Socialists The increasing zeal and numbers of the disciples of Fourier, in America and in Europe, entitle them to an attention which their theory and practical projects will justify and reward. In London, a good weekly newspaper (lately changed into a monthly journal) called “The Phalanx,” devoted to the…

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The Senses and the Soul

Dial Essays (1842) The Senses and the Soul What we know is a point to what we do not know.” The first questions are still to be asked. Let any man bestow a thought on himself, how he came hither, and whither he tends, and he will find that all the literature, all the philosophy…

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Prayers

Dial Essays (1842) Prayers Not with fond shekels of the tested gold, Nor gems whose rates are either rich or poor, As fancy values them: but with true prayers, That shall be up at heaven, and enter there Ere sunrise; prayers from preserved souls, From fasting maids, whose minds are dedicate To nothing temporal. SHAKSPEARE.…

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Agriculture/Massachusetts

Dial Essays (1842) Agriculture/Massachusetts In an afternoon in April, after a long walk, I traversed an orchard where two boys were grafting apple trees, and found the Farmer in his corn field. He was holding the plough, and his son driving the oxen. This man always impresses me with respect, he is so manly, so…

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The Zincali

Dial Essays (1842) The Zincali The Zincali: or an Account of the Gypsies of Spain; with anOriginal Collection of their Songs and Poetry. By GEORGE BORROW. Two Volumes in one. New York: Wiley & Putnam. Our list of tribes in America indigenous and imported wants the Gypsies, as the Flora of the western hemisphere wants…

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Ancient Spanish Ballads

Ancient Spanish Ballads Best Spanish Ballads Ancient Spanish Ballads, Historical and Romantic. Translated, By J. G. LOCKHART. New York: Wiley & Putnam. The enterprising publishers, Messrs. Wiley & Putnam, who have reprinted, in a plain but very neat form, Mr. Lockhart’s gorgeously illustrated work, have judiciously prefixed to it, by way of introduction, a critique…

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Tecumseh

Dial Essays (1842) Tecumseh Tecumseh; a Poem. By GEORGE H. COLTON. New York: Wiley & Putnam. This pleasing summer-day story is the work of a well read, cultivated writer, with a skillful ear, and an evident admirer of Scott and Campbell. There is a metrical sweetness and calm perception of beauty spread over the poem,…

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Intelligence

Dial Essays (1842) Intelligence Tecumseh; a Poem. By GEORGE H. COLTON. New York: Wiley & Putnam. This pleasing summer-day story is the work of a well read, cultivated writer, with a skillful ear, and an evident admirer of Scott and Campbell. There is a metrical sweetness and calm perception of beauty spread over the poem,…

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Harvard University

Dial Essays (1842) Harvard University On the subject of the University we cannot help wishing that a change will one day be adopted which will put an end to the foolish bickering between the government and the students, which almost every year breaks out into those uncomfortable fracases which are called ‘Rebellions.’ Cambridge is so…

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Tennyson

Dial Essays (1842) Tennyson Poems. By ALFRED TENNYSON. Two Volumes. Boston: W. D. Ticknor. Tennyson is more simply the songster than any poet of our time. With him the delight of musical expression is first, the thought second. It was well observed by one of our companions, that he has described just what we should…

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