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Cavell (aesthetics and the general theory of value, Harvard U.) had vaguely meant for years to gather his various texts on American poet Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-82) into a book, but was finally spurred by Hodge's offer to edit it. The 13 essays explore such aspects as the philosopher in American life, aversive thinking, and Henry James reading Emerson reading Shakespeare. Some have not been published before. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
About the Author
Stanley Cavell is Walter M. Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and the General Theory of Value at Harvard University. The Claim of Reason (1979/1999), The World Viewed (1971/1979), and The Senses of Walden (1972/1981) are among his many celebrated works. David Justin Hodge, author of On Emerson (2002), teaches philosophy and rhetoric at Harvard University.