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Ralph Waldo Emerson
     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

by Lloyd Rohler
 

This critical analysis identifies the different rhetorical strategies and techniques that Emerson used first as a traditional New England preacher and then as he became a widely renowned public lecturer. Ten texts illustrating his different kinds of speeches on a wide array of subjects, such as prayer, manners, eloquence, the American scholar, the genuine man, and

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This critical analysis identifies the different rhetorical strategies and techniques that Emerson used first as a traditional New England preacher and then as he became a widely renowned public lecturer. Ten texts illustrating his different kinds of speeches on a wide array of subjects, such as prayer, manners, eloquence, the American scholar, the genuine man, and the fugitive slave law, accompany the analysis. A speech chronology and bibliography pointing to important primary and secondary materials further enrich this Great American Orators reference tool for students, scholars, and professionals in rhetoric, history, and American studies.

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Booknews
A critical analysis of Emerson (1803-82) as an orator, and a collection of 10 speeches and sermons. Insists that the mature lecturer he has become in modern thought cannot be understood without recognizing that he was first a preacher, and that his sermons must be considered in their own right rather than merely as practice for his other speeches. Also challenges the notion that he was not a very polished speaker by noting his popularity and reputation while alive and the political biases of his critics. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313263286
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/24/1995
Series:
Great American Orators Series , #21
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.56(d)

Meet the Author

LLOYD ROHLER, Associate Professor of Speech Communication, University of North Carolina, has written at length about American orators and oratory. His recent book-length studies include Great Speeches for Criticism and Analysis (1992).

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