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A piece of important and original scholarship. Brown's research into Emerson's experience of natural science in Paris is the most thorough study to date of this moment in Emerson's intellectual development. The thesis is intriguing: 'Emerson realized in the Museum that nature was natural history'...This museum-natural science context often proves to have supreme explanatory force (as when it explains Emerson's use of the term 'caducous' and corrects earlier interpretations of it)...The Emerson Museum is a significant contribution to Emerson scholarship and merits a careful reading.
— Mark Bauerlein