Amos Bronson Alcott

Karen English (San Jose State University)
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Amos Bronson Alcott (1799-1888) was born on November 29, 1799 in Wolcott, CT, a small New England farming community. Originally from England, the Alcock family changed the spelling of their name to Alcox; Bronson and his cousin William converted their names to Alcott in the 1820s. Bronson's father Joseph Alcox was a farmer and craftsman; mother Anna Bronson could read and kept a journal. At her urging, Alcott began writing in a journal at age twelve. Alcott's cousin William was a close friend and correspondent. The two boys lived close enough to each other to be daily companions in conversation and letter writing; they shared books in a common “Juvenile Library”, as they called it. Among their treasured volumes were the Bible and John Bunyan's

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Citation: English, Karen. "Amos Bronson Alcott". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 05 February 2009 [, accessed 21 June 2024.]

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