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This is a biograpy of Elizabeth Palmer Peabody, one of the three notable peabody sisters of Salem, Massachusetts, and sister-in-law of Nathaniel Hawthorne and Horace Mann. It traces the intricate private life and career of this important transcendental writer and educational reformer. Bruce Ronda has recaptured Peabody from anecdotal history and even blue-stocking portrayals in film - for examples, Jessica Tandy in Henry Hames's "The Bostonians". Peabody was a reformer devoted to education in the broadest, and yet most practical, senses. She saw the classroom as mediating between the needs of the individual and the claims of society. In her contacts with Ralph Waldo Emerson's Transcendental circle in the 1830s, and as a publisher of the famous "DIAL" and other imprints, she took a mediating position once more, claiming the need for historical knowledge to balance the movements stress on individual intuition.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674246959
ISBN-10: 0674246950
Format: Hardback
(235mm x 155mm x 31mm)
Pages: 416
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 31-Mar-1999
Country of Publication: United States


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Author Biography - Bruce A. Ronda

Bruce A. Ronda is Director of the American Studies Program and Associate Professor of English and American Studies at Colorado State University at Fort Collins.