"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