08 Jun '11, 11am

My first book review...Fun to receive this link this morn. FRUITLANDS, for Orion mag (big and beautiful and ad-free).

Yet it probably would not have amounted to more than a historical footnote, if it weren’t for the cast of famous transcendentalists involved: idealist Bronson Alcott—father of then ten-year-old Louisa May Alcott, who later based some writings on this living experience — and his contemporaries Emerson, Thoreau, and Fuller, who weighed in with their opinions on the community. Emerson, though a constant friend, had little faith in Alcott’s ability to draw recruits to Fruitlands: “[The community’s] appeal to the public indicates infirm faith, like people whose heads are not clear & must see a house built before they can comprehend the plan of it. . . . Very pathetic it is to see this wandering emperor from year to year making his round of visits from house to house of such as do not exclude him, seeking a companion.” According to historian Richard Francis, author of Fruitlands...

Full article: http://www.orionmagazine.org/index.php/articles/review/6274

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