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Transatlantic TranscendentalismColeridge, Emerson, and Nature$
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Samantha Harvey

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780748681365

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748681365.001.0001

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Coleridge and Boston Transcendentalism

Coleridge and Boston Transcendentalism

(p.24) Chapter 2 Coleridge and Boston Transcendentalism
Transatlantic Transcendentalism

Samantha C. Harvey

Edinburgh University Press

Chapter 2 relates Coleridge's seminal role in the development of Boston Transcendentalism. Two American interpreters were especially influential in the transatlantic transfer of Coleridgean ideas: James Marsh and Frederick Henry Hedge. Their commentaries extracted essential aspects of Coleridge's thought while also framing it in light of American concerns. James Marsh's preface to the American edition of Aids to Reflection promoted Coleridge's relevance for the renewal of American theology and philosophy and popularized the reason and understanding distinction. Hedge's 1833 article on Coleridge, which Emerson called a “living, leaping, Logos,” both summarized Coleridge's interpretation of German idealism and issued a call for intellectuals to “raise ourselves at once to a transcendental point of view.” Marsh's and Hedge's interpretations of Coleridge boosted his stature in America and indelibly shaped the development of Transatlantic Transcendentalism.

Keywords:   Coleridge, Emerson, Transcendentalism, James Marsh, Frederick Henry Hedge, theology, philosophy, German idealism, Aids to Reflection

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