The Topical Notebooks of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Volume 2

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Ralph Waldo Emerson, the magus of of American Transcendentalism, was an inveterate keeper of journals and notebooks, which he used as source and proving ground for his poems, lectures, and essays.  This is the second in a three-volume edition that brings twelve of Emerson's topical notebooks and four other notebooks into print for the first time.  These notebooks were Emerson's repositories for anecdotes, quotations, reminiscences, drafts of his poems, outlines for lectures, and observations on ...

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Overview

Ralph Waldo Emerson, the magus of of American Transcendentalism, was an inveterate keeper of journals and notebooks, which he used as source and proving ground for his poems, lectures, and essays.  This is the second in a three-volume edition that brings twelve of Emerson's topical notebooks and four other notebooks into print for the first time.  These notebooks were Emerson's repositories for anecdotes, quotations, reminiscences, drafts of his poems, outlines for lectures, and observations on everything from daily life to profound cultural and philosophical issues.

Among the highlights of the five notebooks in Volume 2, "Orientalist" provides an unusual opportunity to view closely Emerson's adaptation of Eastern thought.

 

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Editorial Reviews

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"A substantial addition to the tools the present generation of scholars has been and will be provided for reading and coming to terms with the development of Emerson's thought."
Nineteenth Century Prose

"The editors have done an excellent, thorough job of source-hunting, annotating, translating, indexing, and cross-indexing the many references to the essays and other journals. Emerson scholars are already immensely indebted to the previous scrupulous editorial labors of Susan Sutton Smith and Ralph Orth, and these volumes are the continuation of their splendid work on the journals."—American Literature

"The Topical Notebooks of Ralph Waldo Emerson will provide a valuable resource for detailed study of the critically neglected last three decades of Emerson's career, and they will hold a wealth of material especially for those wishing to track the fate of Emerson's characteristic themes and interests into his later work, or to study his working methods and creative processes."—Journal of English and Germanic Philology

Booknews
Volume 3 completes the series that brings 12 of Emerson's (1803-1882) topical notebooks and four other notebooks into print for the first time. In this final volume, editor Glen M. Johnson presents four of the topical notebooks dating from the mid 1840s through the early 1870s, the end of Emerson's productive life. The notebooks include diverse material from which Emerson wrote his lectures, essays, and books. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826208583
  • Publisher: University of Missouri Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/1993
  • Series: TOPICAL NOTEBOOKS R W EMERSON Series, #2
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Ronald A. Bosco is Professor of English at the State University of New York at Albany.  Among the books he has edited are volume 16 of The Journals and Miscellaneous Notebooks of Ralph Waldo Emerson, the four volumes of The Puritan Sermon in America, and volume 3 of The Complete Sermons of Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Ralph H. Orth is Professor of English at the University of Vermont.  He has edited three volumes of The Journals and Miscellaneous Notebooks of Ralph Waldo Emerson and was chief editor of The Poetry Notebooks of Ralph Waldo Emerson.

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