A Historical Guide to Ralph Waldo Emerson

A Historical Guide to Ralph Waldo Emerson

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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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 332 pages
  • 139.7 x 210.82 x 20.32mm | 340.19g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195120949
  • 9780195120943
  • 1,445,432

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Chief among the accomplishments of A Historical Guide to Ralph Waldo Emerson is the book's effective relocation of Emerson within the major literary, historical, and cultural contexts of nineteenth-century American life. Edited by Joel Myerso? * long the dean of American Transcendentalist literary studie? *show more

About Joel Myerson

Joel Myerson is Carolina Distinguished Professor of American Literature at the University of Southern Carolina. He edited Studies in the American Renaissance (1977-1996) and is former president of the Association for Documentary Editing, the Thoreau Society, and the Ralph Waldo Emerson Society. He was published numerous books on Emerson and his times.show more

Table of contents

Introduction ; Chronologies ; Illustrations ; Abbreviations ; We Fine What We Seek: Thoughts Toward a Biography of Ralph Waldo Emerson ; The Age of the First Person Singular: Emerson and Individualism ; Emerson, Nature, and Natural Science ; Emerson and Religion ; Emerson and Antislavery ; Emerson in the Context of the Woman's Rights Movement ; Contributors ; Indexshow more