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Journals and Miscellaneous Notebooks by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Book DescriptionThe journals printed in this volume, covering the years 1852 to 1855, find Emerson increasingly drawn to the issues and realities of the pragmatic, hard-working nineteenth century. His own situation as a middle-aged, property-owning New Englander with a large household to support gave him a strong sense of everyday financial necessity, and his wide reading for his projected book on the English impressed him deeply with the worldly success that had come to that unphilosophical people. The growing crisis over slavery at home, moreover, demanded the attention of every citizen, even one as reluctant to engage in social issues as Emerson.Emerson's extensive reading about the English, which ranged from Camden's "Britannia" through the diaries of Samuel Pepys and Thomas Moore to the latest issues of the "London Times," convinced him that, despite its materialism, England was "the best of actual nations." The robust physical health of the English, their common sense, and their instinct for fair play insured that the future belonged to them and their transatlantic cousins, the Americans.Yet the facts of American political life often led Emerson to wonder whether his country had any future at all. So long as his fellow citizens were willing to countenance the evil of slavery, they could not play their proper role in the world, the pages of his journals indicate, Emerson, like an increasing number of other Americans, was coming to believe that the issue had to he resolved, whatever the cost.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674484764
(235mm x 155mm x 40mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 1-Jul-1977
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Hardback (September 2015)
Ralph Waldo Emerson: The Major Poetry presents a selection of definitively edited texts that remind us why Emerson s poetry matters and why he remains one of our most important theoreticians of verse. Drawn chiefly from the multivolume Collected Works, each poem is accompanied by a headnote for the student and general reader."
Portable Emerson, Paperback (December 2014)
Through his writing and his own personal philosophy, the author unburdened his young country of Europe's traditional sense of history and showed Americans how to be creators of their own contexts. This book deals with his story.
Ralph Waldo Emerson: Essays: First and Second Series, Paperback / softback (October 2014)View all books by Ralph Waldo Emerson
This major new volume offers a wide selection of works from Emerson's lectures and essays, including some that have seldom been reprinted such as "Quotation and Originality." In addition, leading Emerson critic Richard Poirier provides helpful annotations to a generous selection of poems.
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Author Biography - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ralph H. Orth is Professor of English at the University of Vermont. Alfred R. Ferguson was, until his death, Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
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