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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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Conditions Handsome and Unhandsome: The Constitution of Emersonian ...

Stanley Cavell - 1990 - 151 pages
...especially to educated society" (p. 73). In "Self-Reliance" the parody is as plain as the allusion: "I shun father and mother and wife and brother when...would write on the lintels of the doorpost, Whim" (p. 150). The shunning reference is to the call to enter the kingdom of heaven at once, today, to follow...
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Conditions Handsome and Unhandsome: The Constitution of Emersonian ...

Stanley Cavell - 1990 - 151 pages
...and wife and brother when my genius calls me. I would write on the lintels of the door-post, Whim. 1 hope it is somewhat better than whim at last, but we cannot spend the day in explanation. . . . Then again, do not tell me ... of my obligation to ... all poor men. Shunning father and mother...
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Susan Glaspell's Century of American Women: A Critical Interpretation of Her ...

Veronica Makowsky - 1993 - 184 pages
...works demonstrate that it more closely resembles assault with a deadly weapon where woman are involved. "I shun father and mother and wife and brother when...would write on the lintels of the door-post Whim," Emerson blithely informs us. 15 In innumerable instances Glaspell's fiction and drama demonstrate how...
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Melville and Repose: The Rhetoric of Humor in the American Renaissance

John Bryant - 1993 - 336 pages
...And that seems as strong an endorsement of amiability as one might hope to find. However, he adds, "I hope it is somewhat better than whim at last, but we cannot spend the day in explanation." 15 Had Emerson taken a day off to explain, he might have shown that while "whim" may free us from the...
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Solitude: A Philosophical Encounter

Philip Koch - 1994 - 375 pages
...points out in "Emerson and the Virtues,"38 even those who did belong to Emerson did not fare better: I shun father and mother and wife and brother when...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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Microsociology: Discourse, Emotion, and Social Structure

Thomas J. Scheff - 1990 - 214 pages
...last reference to Emerson evokes another aspect of genius — singleminded dedication to one's work: "I shun father and mother and wife and brother, when my genius calls me." Once again the image which Emerson evokes refers to a high level of self-esteem, in this case, the...
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The Masterless: Self & Society in Modern America

Wilfred M. McClay - 1994 - 366 pages
...Such a liberatory figure would be so socially disengaged as to hold even his own kin of small account: "I shun father and mother and wife and brother when my genius calls me."46 But he would in the end enjoy the fullest reward for his aloofness, since he would be "exercising...
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Vanguards & Followers: Youth in the American Tradition

1995 - 257 pages
...go upright and vital, and speak the rude truth in all ways." Emerson would go further than truth; he would "write on the lintels of the doorpost, Whim....last, but we cannot spend the day in explanation." And in a burst of chagrin at the temptations of comformity: [D]o not tell me, as a good man did to-day,...
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The American Face of Edgar Allan Poe

Shawn James Rosenheim, Stephen Rachman, Associate Professor of English and Director of the American Studies Program Stephen Rachman - 1995 - 364 pages
...(call it Whim), to become intelligible, with no assurance that you will be taken up. ("I hope it may be better than Whim at last, but we cannot spend the day in explanation.") Emerson's dedication is a fantasy of finding your own voice, so that others, among them mothers and...
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Knowledge and Belief in America: Enlightenment Traditions and Modern ...

William M. Shea, Peter A. Huff - 2003 - 376 pages
...new ground. The achievement of objectivity cannot be claimed for oneself, that is, for one's writing: "I would write on the lintels of the door-post, Whim. I hope it may be better than whim at last." But in the necessity for words, "when [your] genius calls [you],"...
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