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" I shun father and mother and wife and brother, when my genius calls me. I would write on the lintels of the door-post, Whim. I hope it is somewhat better than whim at last, but we cannot spend the day in explanation. "
Select Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson - Page 116
by Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1888 - 351 pages
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Types of the Essay

Benjamin Alexander Heydrick - 1921 - 373 pages
...must be preached, as the counteraction of the doctrine of love, when that pules and whines. I ahun father and mother and wife and brother when my genius calls me. I would write on the lintels of the door post, Whim. I hope it is somewhat better than whim at last, but we cannot spend the day in explanation....
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The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 101

1908
...able to say of us, "If I know your sect, I anticipate your argument." Rather we should be able to say, "I shun father and mother, and wife and brother, when my genius calls me." We believe that the Jewish home is the nursery for the perpetuation of idiosyncrasies which tend to...
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The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 101

1908
...to say of us, "If I know your sect, I anticipate your ar-gument." Rather we should be able to say, "I shun father and mother, and wife and brother, when my genius calls me." We believe that the Jewish home is the nursery for the perpetuation of idiosyn-crasies which tend to...
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Themes Out of School: Effects and Causes

Stanley Cavell - 1988 - 268 pages
...Because Emerson has already shown his writing to be something that, so to speak, replaces religion ("I shun father and mother and wife and brother when my genius calls me") , and because it was always the only reason a good man could give for seeking the kingdom of heaven...
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The American Sublime

Mary Arensberg - 1986 - 218 pages
..."great and crescive self," the soul rejects family ties, and turns its attentions eclusively within.8 "I shun father and mother and wife and brother when my genius calls me."9 Such whim is not, of course, without its human implications, implications which force a choice...
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The Columbia Literary History of the United States

Emory Elliott - 1988 - 1263 pages
...Emerson envisions an alternative elite chosen chiefly for its power to reject. "I shun father and mother, wife and brother, when my genius calls me. I would...last, but we cannot spend the day in explanation." The brio of the essay is largely generated from its fantasies of insouciance. Emerson delights in imagining...
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In Quest of the Ordinary: Lines of Skepticism and Romanticism

Stanley Cavell - 1994 - 200 pages
...place in the absence of either. So Emerson is dedicating his writing to that promise when he says: "I shun father and mother and wife and brother when...write on the lintels of the door-post, Whim.'''' (I will not repeat what I have said elsewhere concerning Emerson's marking of Whim in the place of God...
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In Quest of the Ordinary: Lines of Skepticism and Romanticism

Stanley Cavell - 1994 - 200 pages
...violent shunning, whereas Emerson's and Thoreau's worlds begin with or after the shunning of others ("I shun father and mother and wife and brother when my genius calls me") and typically depict the "I" just beside itself. The interest of the connection is that all undertake...
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The Cambridge History of Literary Criticism: Volume 7, Modernism and the New ...

Professor Emeritus of English A Walton Litz - 1989 - 565 pages
...who, 'shun[ning] father and mother and wife and brother when genius calls', famously affirmed that he 'would write on the lintels of the door-post, Whim....last, but we cannot spend the day in explanation.' With similar sang-froid Stein concluded her parable: 'Perhaps you do see the connection with that and...
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Selves at Risk: Patterns of Quest in Contemporary American Letters

Ihab Hassan, Professor Ihab Hassan, PhD - 1990 - 232 pages
...flashes across his mind from within, more than the lustre of the firmament of bards and sages. . . . I shun father and mother and wife and brother when...explanation. Expect me not to show cause why I seek. . . ."" I will return to that Emersonian Whim. But the name of the sublime essayist reminds us that...
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