The Cambridge Companion to Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Joel Porte, Saundra Morris
Cambridge University Press, 1999 M04 28 - 280 pages
The Cambridge Companion to Ralph Waldo Emerson is intended to provide a critical introduction to Emerson's work. The tradition of American literature and philosophy as we know it at the end of the twentieth century was largely shaped by Emerson's example and practice. This volume offers students, scholars, and the general reader a collection of fresh interpretations of Emerson's writing, milieu, influence, and cultural significance. All essays are newly commissioned for this volume, written at an accessible yet challenging level, and augmented by a comprehensive chronology and bibliography.
 

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Contents

Transcendentalism and Its Times
13
Ralph Waldo Emerson in His Family
30
The Radical Emerson?
49
Emerson as Lecturer Man Thinking Man Saying
76
Emerson and Nature
97
Essays First Series 1841
106
Transcendental Friendship Emerson Fuller and Thoreau
121
Tears for Emerson Essays Second Series
140
The Remembering Wine Emersons Influence on Whitman and Dickinson
162
PostColonial Emerson and the Erasure of Europe
192
MetreMaking Arguments Emersons Poems
218
The Conduct of Life Emersons Anatomy of Power
243
Selected Bibliography
267
Index
275
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