The Selected Letters of Ralph Waldo Emerson by Joel Myerson

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In 1939 Columbia University Press published the acclaimed first volume of The Letters of Ralph Waldo Emerson, which presented a deeply personal portrait of the real Emerson, previously unknown to the American public. Through these letters readers gained a new insight into the mind of this seminal figure in American literary and intellectual history. Now, for the first time, readers can find Emerson's best letters distilled in one volume. Distinguished Emerson scholar Joel Myerson has selected 350 letters written between 1813 and 1880 that best represents the scope of Emerson's correspondence.

 

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Edward D. berkowitz is professor of history and public policy and public administration at George Washington University. He is the author of eight books and the editor of three collections. During the seventies he served as a staff member of the President's Commission for a National Agenda, helping President Carter plan for a second term that never came to be.
 
Published January 1, 1998 by Columbia University Press. 480 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Literature & Fiction, Law & Philosophy, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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Emerson, who followed Montaigne in never overvaluing reading, is now interred under 38 volumes of lectures, letters, journals and notebooks. For those daunted by the Ralph L. Rusk edition of 4500 lett

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Nonetheless, Emerson's life was touched repeatedly by terrible loss--the death of his first wife, the increasing mental debilitation of his brother Edward, the sudden death of his beloved son Waldo--and at every turn, that characteristic tone of hortatory anticipation deepens to comprehend it, ul...

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