A Historical Guide to Ralph Waldo Emerson
Oxford University Press, 2000 - Literary Criticism - 322 pages
There is no question that Emerson has maintained his place as one of the seminal figures in American history and literature. In his time, he was the acknowledged leader of the Transcendentalist movement and his poetic legacy, education ideals, and religious concepts are integral to the
formation of American intellectual life. In this volume, Joel Myerson, one of the leading experts on this period, has gathered together sparkling new essays that discuss Emerson as a product of his times. Individual chapters provide an extended biographical study of Emerson and his effect on
American life, followed by studies of his concept of individualism, nature and natural science, religion, antislavery, and women's rights.
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Joel Porte has produced an extremely valuable volume. Porte leads Emerson scholars and is also adept at reaching the general public. Included in this volume are Wes Mott's brilliant and incisive piece on Emersonian individualism and David Robinson's wonderful summary of Emerson's religious views. This is a volume I can't do without.
Emerson Nature and Natural Science
Emerson and Religion
Emerson and Antislavery
Womans Rights Movement