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Emerson: Political Writings



Part of Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought

  • Date Published: May 2008
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521710022

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  • Ralph Waldo Emerson is the central figure in American political thought. Until recently, his vast influence was most often measured by its impact on literature, philosophy and aesthetics. In particular, Emerson is largely responsible for introducing idealism into America in the form of living one's life self-reliantly. But in the past few decades, critics have increasingly come to realize that Emerson played a key role in abolitionism and other social movements around the time of the American Civil War. This selection for Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought highlights not only Emerson's practical political involvement, but also examines the philosophical basis of his political writings. All of the usual series features are included, with a concise introduction, notes for further reading, chronology and apparatus designed to assist undergraduate and graduate readers studying this greatest of American thinkers for the first time.

    • Accessible selection of political writings of the greatest and most influential American thinker of the nineteenth century
    • The editor Kenneth Sacks is a senior Emerson scholar
    • Complements other successful Cambridge Texts of American thinkers including Thoreau and Jefferson
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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521710022
    • length: 280 pages
    • dimensions: 215 x 136 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.4kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Background to texts
    Introduction to texts
    Texts - Nature: Introduction and 'Language':
    1. Journal entries
    2. American Scholar
    3. The Divinity School Address
    4. 'Uriel'
    5. “Concord Hymn”
    6. Letter to Martin van Buren
    7. 'Self-Reliance'
    8. 'Compensation'
    9. Concerning Brook Farm
    10. 'Man the Reformer'
    11. 'Politics'
    12. Journal entries
    13. 'Ode Inscribed to W. H. Channing'
    14. 'Citizens of Concord'
    15. 'Webster' '1854'
    16. Journal entries
    17. 'Women'
    18. 'Napoleon'
    19. 'Speech at the meeting to aid John Brown'
    20. 'John Brown'
    21. 'Fate'
    22. 'Power'
    23. Journal entries

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Romanticism in American Literature
  • Editor

    Kenneth S. Sacks, Brown University, Rhode Island
    Kenneth Sacks is Professor of History at Brown University.

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