The Journals of Bronson Alcott, edited by Odell Shepard, hardcover, first edition (very good condition)
Bronson Alcott's selected journals gives insight not only into the Alcott household, or the literary and reform worlds of Boston and Concord, MA, but it gives a personal insight into the mind and heart of the man. Herein we can see the developments and changes in Alcott's social concerns from childhood psychology and education, to writing, utopia, philosophy, and abolitionism. As a man often criticized for this lack of practicality in providing for his family's needs, these pages revel the all-too human struggles of the man searching for his greater genius, pursuing idealism, and feeling the ways that he has failed his family.
Selections include entries about Emerson, Thoreau, Longfellow, Whitman, Hawthorne and others. Includes an index.
The book is in fine condition with a near fine dust jacket that is not price clipped.