Christopher Pearse Cranch was probably the most diverse of the Transcendentalist writers. Cranch was a Unitarian minister,a poet,an artist, and a German and Latin translator.

Cranch contributed a lot of work to the following Transcendental periodicals: the Dial, the Harbinger and the Western Messenger. On top of that, and published four volumes of verse. He also translated Virgil's Aeneid into blank verse.

His early prose exemplifies the interplay of Unitarian sectarianism and romanticism out of which Transcendentalism emerged...The relation between his spiritual goals and his aesthetic tastes is similarly indicative of the merging of these two sensibilities in many of the other Transcendentalists. Cranch's later work, still largely overlooked, suggests the delicate historical link between Transcendental moral concerns, and the more purely aesthetic concerns of a later generation of Americans... (471)

book cited: Robinson, David. "The Career and Reputation of Christopher Pearse Cranch: An Essay in Biography and Bibliography." Studies in the American Renaissance, Joel Myerson, editor.

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