Some of my regular readers are quite interested in Transcendentalism. There’s been some interesting research into the Transcendentalists recently, and of particular interest has been the attention that scholars have finally been paying to Transcendentalist women. The publication of The Peabody Sisters: Three Women Who Ignited American Romanticism in 2005 has renewed my interest in these three gifted women — Elizabeth Palmer Peabody, an educator who was in the absolute center of the Transcendentalist movement; Sophia Peabody (Hawthorne), who was one of the first American women to make her living as a visual artist; and Mary Peabody (Mann), who was an educator and a writer.
In the past, I have found it difficult to locate writings by these women, but now you can find quite a bit of their work on the Web here’s what I’ve found so far:
Moral Culture of Infancy and Kindergarten Guide, a book co-written by Elizabeth and Mary.
Christianity in the Kitchen, an interesting cookbook by Mary.
Record of a School, a book about education by Elizabeth.
If you’re new to the Peabody sisters, you’ll find a good summary of their lives here.