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Paperback Transcendental Wild Oats: And Excerpts from the Fruitlands Diary Book

ISBN: 1558320393

ISBN13: 9781558320390

Transcendental Wild Oats: And Excerpts from the Fruitlands Diary

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Bronson Alcott's Fruitlands is a compilation of works with the short work Transcendental Wild Oats by the famous author of Little Women, Louisa May Alcott. Odin's Library Classics is dedicated to... This description may be from another edition of this product.

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When Louisa May Alcott was a little girl, her father moved the family to live in an experimental commune in the orchard town of Harvard, Massachusetts. The idea was that inhabitants would live on unleavened bread and apples, abstain from sex, and expound on the universe. The experiment lasted only from July to December, when it predictably fell apart. In adulthood, Louisa trained a comic eye on the whole experience, and wrote this brief, funny parody of it, with only names changed to protect the innocent. Also included here are girlhood diaries kept by Louisa during this experience, which offer insight into what life was like at such a place in those days. These diaries are made doubly amusing by a few marginal notes Louisa added to them later in life. For anyone interested in Alcott family history, or in the crazy days of the transcendentalists (the 19th century's version of the sixties), this short work is a must read.

Thes sixties wasn't the first time!

The Fruitlands commune was a fascinating experiment that took place in beautiful Harvard, Mass. when Louisa was a child. "Transcendental Wild Oats" is her brief and affectionate send-up of the ridiculous ideals and characters she remembers from Fruitlands, among them her father. "Fruitlands Diary," her actual diary from her childhood, offers great insight into daily life from this time period, with affectionate comments here and there added when she was an older woman.
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