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Christopher Pearse Cranch
Birth: Mar. 8, 1813
District Of Columbia, USA
Death: Jan. 20, 1892
Cambridge
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA

Writer, Artist. Born outside of Washington, D.C., Cranch relocated to Cambridge, MA to attend Harvard Divinity School. He served as a minister only briefly before becoming an early member of the Transcendental Club, a group which challenged his traditional religious beliefs. He is today recognized as the member with the greatest sense of humor. His most famous illustration grew from this period: a caricature of Ralph Waldo Emerson as the "transparent eyeball" mentioned in the essay "Nature." Cranch also contributed poems and essays for "The Dial," the official journal of the Transcendentalists, as well as "The Harbinger," the "Western Messenger" and other periodicals with Transcendental leanings. His first collection of poems was published in 1844; he continued publishing poems and essays throughout his life. He wrote children's fiction as well and translated Virgil's "Aeneid" into English. He also became a painter, focusing on landscapes, which earned him a fair amount of income and celebrity. (bio by: Midnightdreary) 
 
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 Children:
  Leonora Cranch Scott (1846 - 1933)*
  George Williams Cranch (1847 - ____)*
  Quincy Adams Cranch (1855 - 1876)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Mount Auburn Cemetery
Cambridge
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA
Plot: Vesper Ave.
 
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Originally Created by: Midnightdreary
Record added: Apr 23, 2010
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Christopher Pearse Cranch
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Christopher Pearse Cranch
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- Sharon Lavash Hawkins
 Added: Oct. 5, 2012

- 2kjmom
 Added: Jan. 20, 2012
Rest well, Christopher. If there is another meeting of the Transcendental Club, please invite me. I'll be at the Hurley-Burley on Chestnut Street in Salem.
- SM NONA
 Added: Nov. 10, 2011
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