Transcendentalism (58 words)

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A loosely defined literary, philosophical and cultural movement of the early 19th century, based in New England. Its central focus was an idealistic belief in the individual's spiritual ability to transcend the bodily and empirical and discover a unity with creation. Among the notable transcendentalists were writers such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau and Margaret Fuller.

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