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The New Student's Reference Work/Alcott, Amos Bronson


Alcott (awl' kot), Amos Bronson, American educator, philosophical writer and one of the founders of the New England Transcendentalist school, was born at Wolcott, Conn., November 29, 1799, and died at Boston, March 4, 1888. His active life began by teaching in schools, founded by himself and on methods of his own, the teaching being imparted more by conversation than by books. Later on, he exchanged the schoolroom for the lecture platform, and became dean of the Concord School of Philosophy. At Concord, he was intimate with Emerson, Hawthorne, Thoreau and Channing, and was a frequent contributor to The Dial. Besides his Table Talk his best known work is his Concord Days.