Journals and Miscellaneous Notebooks of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Volume I: 1819-1822

Journals and Miscellaneous Notebooks of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Volume I: 1819-1822

by Ralph Waldo Emerson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674484509

ISBN-13: 9780674484504

Pub. Date: 01/01/1960

Publisher: Harvard

Emerson the man and thinker will be fully revealed for the first time in this new edition of his journals and notebooks. The old image of the ideal nineteenth-century gentleman, created by editorial omissions of his spontaneous thoughts, is replaced by the picture of Emerson as he really was. His frank and often bitter criticisms of men and society, his "nihilizing

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Emerson the man and thinker will be fully revealed for the first time in this new edition of his journals and notebooks. The old image of the ideal nineteenth-century gentleman, created by editorial omissions of his spontaneous thoughts, is replaced by the picture of Emerson as he really was. His frank and often bitter criticisms of men and society, his "nihilizing," his anguish at the death of his first wife, his bleak struggles with depression and loneliness, his sardonic views of woman, his earthy humor, his ideas of the Negro, of religion, of God--these and other expressions of his private thought and feeling, formerly deleted or subdued, are here restored. Restored also is the full evidence needed for studies of his habits of composition, the development of his style, and the sources of his ideas. Cancelled passages are reproduced, misreadings are corrected, and hitherto unpublished manuscripts are now printed. The text comes as close to a literal transcription as is feasible. A full apparatus of annotation, identification of quotations, and textual notes is supplied. Reproduced in this volume are twelve facsimile manuscript pages, many with Emerson's marginal drawings.

The first volume includes some of the "Wide Worlds," journals begun while Emerson was at Harvard, and four contemporary notebooks, mostly unpublished. In these storehouses of quotation, juvenile verse, themes, and stories are the first versions of Emerson's "Valedictory Poem," Bowdoin Prize Essays, and first published work. Together they give a faithful picture of Emerson's apprenticeship as an artist and reveal the extent of his hidden and frustrated ambition--to become a writer.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674484504
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
01/01/1960
Series:
Journals and Miscellaneous Notebooks of Ralph Waldo Emerson Series
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

Emerson in His Journals

The Manuscripts

The Publication Plan

The Editorial Method

The Source of the Text

FOREWORD TO VOLUME I

The Early Journals

Chronology

Symbols and Abbreviations

PART ONE: THE TEXTS OF THE JOURNALS

Wide World 1

Wide World 2

Wide World 3

Wide World 4

Wide World 6

PART TWO: MISCELLANEOUS NOTEBOOKS

[College Theme Book]

No. XVII

No. XVIII

The Universe

Catalogue of Books Read, 1819-1824

Editorial Title List

Alphabetical Title List

Textual Notes

Index

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