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date: 25 January 2020

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The Dial, the quarterly journal of the Transcendentalists, was published from July 1840 through April 1844. It played a crucial role in the social and literary segment of the then America. Dial helped launch the careers of a series of important American writers. As the article narrates, the idea for the journal originated with the “Transcendental Club,” a small group of young people in New England with Ralph Waldo Emerson at the center. Starting a journal was hardly a novel idea in the mid-nineteenth century as there were more than 1,500 periodicals already in existence, and dozens of new magazines and journals were founded every year in the United States. It was in this complex literary marketplace the young Transcendentalist optimistically considered the scope and purposes of the new journal. However, the article says, that the journal found its way.

Keywords: Western Messenger, Dial, Transcendental Club, journal

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