in the South
, school-teacher in Boston
and elsewhere, he descended upon Concord
, flitted to the queer community of Fruitlands, was starved back to Concord
, inspired and bored the patient Emerson
, talked endlessly, wrote ineffective books, and had at last his apotheosis in the Concord School of Philosophy, but was chiefly known for the twenty years before his death in 1888 as the father of the Louisa Alcott
who wrote Little women
. “A tedious archangel,” was Emerson
's verdict, and it is likely to stand.
, though sketched by Hawthorne
, analyzed by Emerson
, and painted at full length by Thomas Wentworth Higginson
, is now a fading figure — a remarkable woman, no doubt, one of the first of American feminists, suggesting George Eliot
in her physical unattractiveness, her clear brain, her touch of sensuousness.
She was an early-ripe, over-crammed scholar in the classics and in modern European
She did loyal, unpaid work as the editor of the Dial
, which from 1840 to 1844 was the organ of Transcendentalism.
She joined the community at Brook Farm, whose story has been so well told by Lindsay Swift
For a while she served as literary editor of the New York Tribune
under Horace Greeley