Best Books of 2008

American Transcendentalism by Philip F. Gura, professor of English and comparative literature in UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences, was named among the Best Books of 2008 in the Washington Post’s annual Holiday Gift Guide.  “Philip Gura writes a lean, impassioned prose, chockablock with anecdote and information. … Gura underscores how much we remain the descendants of these still too little known thinkers and crusaders,” writes critic Michael Dirda. “Above all, his exciting, even eye-opening book shows us that from 1830 to 1850 a group of New England preachers and intellectuals confronted what has proved to be the great polarizing tension in American history, that between hyperindividualism and the claims of social justice and human brotherhood.”


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