This is to some extent a refutation of the generally accepted picture of Brook Farm, and sets out to prove that the purpose of the experiment was to find an intelligent cure for social injustice, not a socialistic or communistic program. The background of transcendentalism is given its due. The guiding spirits, the guests, (Ripley, Hawthorne, Emerson, Margaret Fuller, Dana, etc.) are naturally an internal part of the picture. With the Fourier period of influence, it ran against public opinion and began to lose ground. She traces the after lives of some of the exponents, and -- while acknowledging the slim results -- claims for the experiment some influence on subsequent experiment in living. Definitely specialized in market.