Books: Transcendentalist

PEDLAR'S PROGRESS : THE LIFE OF BRONSON ALCOTT — Odell Shepard — Little, Brown ($3.75).

Who was Bronson Alcott? Few U. S. memories are long enough to answer. Fifty years ago a name to conjure with, he is known now, if at all. as the father of Louisa May Alcott, best-selling author (Little Women, Little Men). It is Biographer Shepard's well-presented thesis that Bronson Alcott is one of America's almost-forgotten great men. An ably-written, authoritative book, Pedlar's Progress deserves every penny of its $5,000 prize (Little, Brown Centenary), will fit snugly on the same...

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