Key Collecting Areas: Collecting Amos Bronson Alcott

56.  Amos Bronson Alcott.  Manuscript for the book Emerson, readied for private publication, [1865]. 

Emerson by Alcott

Ink and red pencil on paper.  From the Amos Bronson Alcott Papers (part of the CFPL Vault Collection).  Gift of Edith Davidson Harris, 1944.

Bronson Alcott was Emerson’s close friend for more than forty-five years.  Emerson admired Alcott from their first acquaintance and was always moved by the man’s irrepressible idealism.  He also subsidized the Alcott family enterprise a number of times.  Alcott, in turn, idolized Emerson.
The Concord Free Public Library holds the manuscript of Alcott’s Emerson, presented in 1944 by Edith Davidson Harris, daughter of Alcott’s School of Philosophy colleague William Torrey Harris.

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