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The Resource Fruitlands : the Alcott family and their search for utopia, by Richard Francis

Fruitlands : the Alcott family and their search for utopia, by Richard Francis

Label
Fruitlands : the Alcott family and their search for utopia
Title
Fruitlands
Title remainder
the Alcott family and their search for utopia
Statement of responsibility
by Richard Francis
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
This is a definitive account of Fruitlands, one of history's most unsuccessful, but most significant, utopian experiments. It was established in Massachusetts in 1843 by Bronson Alcott (whose ten year old daughter Louisa May, future author of Little Women, was among the members) and an Englishman called Charles Lane, under the watchful gaze of Emerson, Thoreau, and other New England intellectuals. Alcott and Lane developed their own version of the doctrine known as Transcendentalism, hoping to transform society and redeem the environment through a strict regime of veganism and celibacy. But physical suffering and emotional conflict, particularly between Lane and Alcott's wife, Abigail, made the community unsustainable. Drawing on the letters and diaries of those involved, the author explores the relationship between the complex philosophical beliefs held by Alcott, Lane, and their fellow idealists and their day to day lives. The result is a vivid and often very funny narrative of their travails, demonstrating the dilemmas and conflicts inherent to any utopian experiment and shedding light on a fascinating period of American history
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1945-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Francis, Richard
Dewey number
307.7709744/3
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HX656.F78
LC item number
F73 2010
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Fruitlands (Harvard, Mass.)
  • Alcott, Amos Bronson
  • Lane, Charles
  • Utopias
  • Communal living
  • Transcendentalism (New England)
  • Massachusetts
Label
Fruitlands : the Alcott family and their search for utopia, by Richard Francis
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Control code
ocn601347994
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
viii, 321 p.
Isbn
9780300140415
Isbn Type
(cl : alk. paper)
Lccn
2010019705
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)601347994
Label
Fruitlands : the Alcott family and their search for utopia, by Richard Francis
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Control code
ocn601347994
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
viii, 321 p.
Isbn
9780300140415
Isbn Type
(cl : alk. paper)
Lccn
2010019705
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)601347994

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