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Journals and Miscellaneous Notebooks of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Volume III: 1826-1832
     

Journals and Miscellaneous Notebooks of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Volume III: 1826-1832

by Ralph Waldo Emerson, William H. Gilman, Alfred R. Ferguson
 

ISBN-10: 0674484525

ISBN-13: 9780674484528

Pub. Date: 01/28/1963

Publisher: Harvard

Emerson's life from 1826 to 1832 has a classic dramatic structure, beginning with his approbation to preach in October 1826, continuing with his courtship, his brief marriage to Ellen Tucker, and his misery after her death, and concluding with his departure from the ministry.

The journals and notebooks of these years are far fewer than those in the preceding six

Overview

Emerson's life from 1826 to 1832 has a classic dramatic structure, beginning with his approbation to preach in October 1826, continuing with his courtship, his brief marriage to Ellen Tucker, and his misery after her death, and concluding with his departure from the ministry.

The journals and notebooks of these years are far fewer than those in the preceding six years. Emerson noted down many ideas for sermons in his journals, but as time went on he wrote the sermons independently. Occasionally he wrote openly about family matters, but except for the passionate response to Ellen and her death the journals tell little about the impact upon him of other people and outside events. The pattern is consistent with the earlier journals: Emerson used them mainly to record his thought, to develop and express his ideas. His religious and intellectual interests were undergoing significant changes in orientation or emphasis. He was less concerned with the existence of God than with the nature and influence of Christ. He continued to reassert the truth of Christianity, but in his growing unorthodoxy he came to show less and less sympathy with the church, with forms and ritual, with convention. And he began to wonder whether it is not the worst part of the man that is the minister.

During these years, Emerson read more in Madame de Staël, Wordsworth, Gérando, and Coleridge, less in Milton, the Augustans, Dugald Stewart, and Scott. In style, he moved from a rambling, bookish rhetoric to the tautness and the cadences that mark his later Essays.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674484528
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
01/28/1963
Series:
Journals and Miscellaneous Notebooks of Ralph Waldo Emerson Series
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

FOREWORD TO VOLUME III

The Journals: 1826-1832

Chronology

Symbols and Abbreviations

PART ONE: THE TEXTS OF THE JOURNALS

Journal 1826

Journal 1826-1828

Memo St. Augustine

Sermons and Journal

Meredith Village

Blotting Book Y

Blotting Book Psi

Blotting Book III

PART TWO: THE TEXTS OF THE MISCELLANEOUS NOTEBOOKS

Blue Book

Pocket Diary 1

Genealogy

Blotting Book IV

Textual Notes

Addenda

Index

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