A Historical Guide to Ralph Waldo Emerson [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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A Historical Guide to Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199727964
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/20/1999
  • Series: Historical Guides to American Authors
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

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.

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Table of Contents

Abbreviations ix
Introduction 3
Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1882: A Brief Biography 9
Emerson in His Time
"The Age of the First Person Singular": Emerson and Individualism 61
Emerson, Nature, and Natural Science 101
Emerson and Religion 151
Emerson and Antislavery 179
Emerson in the Context of the Woman's Rights Movement 211
Illustrated Chronology 251
We Find What We Seek: Emerson and His Biographers 269
Bibliographical Essay 291
Contributors 311
Index 313
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