Fruitlands : the Alcott family and their search for utopia
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Published
New Haven ; London : Yale University Press, c2010.
ISBN
9780300140415 (cl : alk. paper), 030014041X (cl : alk. paper), 9780300177909 (pbk.), 0300177909 (pbk.)
Physical Desc
viii, 321 pages, [8] pages of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
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Acton - Adult
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Published
New Haven ; London : Yale University Press, c2010.
Format
Book
Language
English
ISBN
9780300140415 (cl : alk. paper), 030014041X (cl : alk. paper), 9780300177909 (pbk.), 0300177909 (pbk.)

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Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (p. [303]-310) and index.
Description
This is a definitive account of Fruitlands, one of history's most unsuccessful, but most significant, utopian experiments. It was established in Massachusetts in 1843 by Bronson Alcott (whose ten year old daughter Louisa May, future author of Little Women, was among the members) and an Englishman called Charles Lane, under the watchful gaze of Emerson, Thoreau, and other New England intellectuals. Alcott and Lane developed their own version of the doctrine known as Transcendentalism, hoping to transform society and redeem the environment through a strict regime of veganism and celibacy. But physical suffering and emotional conflict, particularly between Lane and Alcott's wife, Abigail, made the community unsustainable. Drawing on the letters and diaries of those involved, the author explores the relationship between the complex philosophical beliefs held by Alcott, Lane, and their fellow idealists and their day to day lives. The result is a vivid and often very funny narrative of their travails, demonstrating the dilemmas and conflicts inherent to any utopian experiment and shedding light on a fascinating period of American history.

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APA Citation, 7th Edition (style guide)

Francis, R. (2010). Fruitlands: the Alcott family and their search for utopia . Yale University Press.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Francis, Richard, 1945-. 2010. Fruitlands: The Alcott Family and Their Search for Utopia. Yale University Press.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities (Notes and Bibliography) Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Francis, Richard, 1945-. Fruitlands: The Alcott Family and Their Search for Utopia Yale University Press, 2010.

MLA Citation, 9th Edition (style guide)

Francis, Richard. Fruitlands: The Alcott Family and Their Search for Utopia Yale University Press, 2010.

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