The Transcendentalists of the 1960’s

One of my students wrote an interesting post about Transcendentalism’s influence on the Beat Generation. She wrote about Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road” in her research paper, and she has improved on those ideas and extended her knowledge in this post.

The Search for The Divine

Author of the popular Beat novel On the Road, Jack Kerouac was perceived as a revolutionary pioneer for the anti-conformist generation of the 1940’s, 1950’s, and 1960’s. I first came across this author when reading On the Road for an English research paper and I quickly fell in love with his style of writing and the beliefs he portrayed; it turns out, I was falling in love with Transcendentalism! Tanja Batista writes, “Jack Kerouac’s personal diaries reflect his fierce determination to become a great writer in the classic American tradition of Thomas Wolfe, Mark Twain, Jack London, Herman Melville, Walt Whitman, and the Transcendentalists. However revolutionary his work may seem at first glance, he inherited a tradition that is distinctly American.”

The Beat Generation first emerged in American culture in the 1940’s as a group of post-World War II writers, artists, and intellectuals. They heavily rejected conformity and materialism…

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