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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 Vermont Transcendentalism

Coleridge and Vermont Transcendentalism

(p.141) Chapter 8 Coleridge and Vermont Transcendentalism
Transatlantic Transcendentalism

Samantha C. Harvey

Edinburgh University Press

Chapter 8, reveals that, in addition to Coleridge's enormous impact on Emerson and Boston Transcendentalism, his influence extended even further into the nineteenth and early twentieth century via a second strand of Transatlantic Transcendentalism: “Vermont Transcendentalism.” James Marsh's restructuring of the University of Vermont curriculum according to Coleridgean principles revolutionized higher education, and many of Marsh's students became important public intellectuals, including H. J. Raymond, founder of The New York Times, and John Dewey, a founding figure in the philosophical movement of Pragmatism. Coleridge's influence on Vermont Transcendentalism transformed American nineteenth- and early twentieth-century letters, constituting a multi-generational link in Transatlantic Transcendentalism and ensuring his relevance for over a hundred years after the first editions of Coleridge arrived on American shores.

Keywords:   Coleridge, Emerson, Vermont Transcendentalism, James Marsh, the University of Vermont, John Dewey, Pragmatism

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