"indulging fantastic speculations beside our fire of fallen boughs, with Ellery Channing"

William Ellery Channing (1818-1902) was a Transcendentalist poet with whom Hawthorne struck up a friendship at Concord. A drifting, eccentric character, he was nonetheless the social center of the Transcendentalist movement, the force of his brilliant, if erratic, intellect drawing together its more celebrated members. He was married for a time to Ellen Fuller, the sister of iconic feminist Margaret, and is best remembered today as Thoreau’s first biographer.

Read Thoreau: The Poet-Naturalist (1873) here.