At Home with Transcendentalism

Ultimately, we found that going out always brought us back in.

The more we explored the Transcendentalists, the more we touched our own spirits.

The further we went on our trip, the more we began to want to know all of the other writers who have come since then.

And the more we read of other nature writers, the more we began to see our own worlds at home.

Virtually all of us were inspired to create pieces about our homes.

Above: TC in a Whitmanesque pose (photo by Linda Tate).


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“American Transcendentalism: An Online Travel Guide” was produced by students in ENGL 446, American Transcendentalism, and ENGL 447, American Literature and the Prominence of Place: A Travel Practicum. These courses were team-taught in the Department of English at Shepherd College (now Shepherd University), Shepherdstown, West Virginia, in Spring 2002 by Dr. Patricia Dwyer and Dr. Linda Tate. For more information on the course and the web project, visit “About This Site.” © 2003 Linda Tate.