Alcott, Amos Bronson, 1799-1888

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Birth 1799-11-29
Death 1888-03-04
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American educator, author, and mystic.

From the guide to the Amos Bronson Alcott ticket to lecture, 1884, (The New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division.)

Alcott was an American philosopher of the New England Transcendentalist group, teacher, reformer, and father of writer Louisa May Alcott.

From the description of Amos Bronson Alcott papers, 1799-1888. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 612234935

American transcendentalist and author.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Concord, to G.C. Hickok in Boston, 1864 Dec. 24. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270131517

Alcott was an American philosopher of the New England Transcendentalist group, teacher, reformer, and father of the writer Louisa May Alcott.

From the description of Books from the library of Amos Bronson Alcott, 1579-1893. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 81640392

From the guide to the Amos Bronson Alcott papers, 1799-1888., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

From the guide to the Books from the library of Amos Bronson Alcott, 1579-1893., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

Amos Bronson Alcott (1799-1888) was an American teacher, writer and philosopher who left a legacy of forward-thinking social ideas. His status as a well-publicized figure from the 1830s to the 1880s stemmed partly from his founding of two short-lived projects, an unconventional school and a utopian community known as Fruitlands, as well as from his association with the philosophy of Transcendentalism, and from the celebrity of his daughter, the author Louisa May Alcott.

From the description of Bronson Alcott letters, 1869-1882. (Middlebury College). WorldCat record id: 650358985

American educator, philosopher, mystic, lecturer, essayist, poet, Transcendentalist, idealist, and reformer. Resident of Concord, Mass.; neighbor of Emerson, friend of Thoreau. Born at Spindle Hill near Walcott, Connecticut, 1799; died in Boston, 1888. With little formal education, he made his living as a young man as a peddler in New York and Pennsylvania. He founded and taught at the Temple School in Boston, 1834-1838; Elizabeth Palmer Peabody served as his assistant. In 1840, the disapproval of parents alarmed by his educational methods having forced the closing of the school, he moved his family to Concord. He travelled in 1842 to England, where he found support for his educational theories. A founder in 1843 of the Fruitlands community in Harvard, Massachusetts, where he and his family lived until Jan. 1844. Superintendent of Schools in Concord 1859-1865. In 1879, he founded the Concord School of Philosophy, which continued until 1888, largely under the direction of William Torrey Harris (particularly after Alcott's stroke in 1882). Through Harris, who later became United States Commissioner of Education, Alcott's educational theories had a broad influence. Both in teaching children and in presenting his ideas to groups of adults, Alcott's technique was the Socratic conversational method. Married Abigail May in 1830. Father of four daughters, including author Louisa May Alcott, whose writing gave the family financial security. A.B. Alcott's Emerson was printed in 1865, Tablets in 1868, Concord Days in 1872, Table-Talk in 1877, New Connecticut in 1881, Sonnets and Canzonets in 1882. Odell Shepard's edition of journal selections was published in 1938.

From the description of A. Bronson Alcott papers, 1843-1882. (Concord Public Library). WorldCat record id: 33465980

American educator and philosopher.

From the description of ALS, 1872 November 26, Dubuque, Iowa, to [Ezra M. Prince]. (Cornell University Library). WorldCat record id: 63935459

American Transcendentalist and reformer; father of Louisa May Alcott.

From the description of Selection from the Dialogues of Plato to be read at the John Brown memorial meeting : autograph manuscript : [Concord, Mass.], [1859 Dec. 2]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 519707591

Transcendentalist, educator, and author.

From the description of Amos Bronson Alcott family papers, 1837-1879. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71015381

American teacher and author.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Concord, to Kennington Cook in England, 1873 Apr. 7. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270131519

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