Concord School of Philosophy

Monica M. Scanlan

Washington, United States

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Starting the Concord School of Philosophy had long been a goal of founder Amos Bronson Alcott and others in the Transcendental movement.1 He and Franklin Benjamin Sanborn composed a prospectus for the school on January 19, 1879, which was sent to potentially interested people throughout the country.2

The school opened in the summer of 1879; its first meeting was held in the study of the Alcott family home, Orchard House.1 A new home for the School was built for use the next summer with the financial support of William Torrey Harris and of his daughter Louisa May Alcott. Sanborn was the school’s secretary.

The school was based partly on Plato’s Academy.1 Many of the school’s lectures and readings focused on reminiscences of the Transcendentalists: Ralph Waldo Emerson attended some of the school’s meetings before his death, and was commemorated after; readings from Henry David Thoreau’s then-unpublished journals were among the most popular events. In addition, there were many lectures on other philosophical topics — principally the neo-Platonism favored by Alcott and the Hegelianism favored by Harris, but series of lectures were also given on Kant and Fichte, among others. The final meeting commemorated Alcott, who had died in 1888.

Taken on Mother’s Day, 5/8/11 at the location of the Orchard House in Concord, Massachusetts USA, historic home of the extraordinary Alcott family. Little Women or, Margaret, Jo, Elizabeth and Amy (commonly known as Little Women) is a novel by American author Louisa May Alcott (1832–1888). The book was written and set in the Alcott family home, Orchard House, in Concord, Massachusetts. It was published in two volumes in 1868 and 1869. The novel follows the lives of four sisters – Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March – and is loosely based on the author’s childhood experiences with her three sisters. The first volume Little Women was an immediate commercial and critical success, prompting the composition of the book’s second volume titled Good Wives, which was successful as well. The publication of the book as a single volume first occurred in 1880 and was titled Little Woman. Alcott followed Little Women with two sequels, also featuring the March sisters, Little Men (1871) and Jo’s Boys (1886).

Nikon D300, Photomatix and finished in Picnik (1 raw image), 200 ISO, handheld, 18-200 Sigma Lens, f/7.1.

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