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date: 24 October 2020


The Concise Oxford Companion to American Literature

James D. Hart

a philosophic and literary movement that flourished in New England, particularly at Concord (c.1836–60), as a reaction against 18th-century rationalism, the skeptical philosophy of Locke, and the confining religious orthodoxy of New England Calvinism. This romantic, idealistic, mystical, and individualistic belief was more a cast of thought than a systematic philosophy. It was eclectic in nature and had many sources. Its qualities may be discerned in ... ...

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