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Ralph Waldo Emerson in Context

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  • Editor: Wesley T. Mott, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Massachusetts
Sterling F. Delano, Jacob Risinger, Roger Thompson, Wesley T. Mott, Jan Stievermann, Alan Hodder, Jason Berger, Jennifer Gurley, Albert J. von Frank, Saundra Morris, David Greenham, David M. Robinson, Kristin Boudreau, Neal Dolan, Daniel S. Malachuk, Daniel Koch, Jennifer J. Baker, Ronald A. Bosco, Noelle Baker, John Lysaker, Susan L. Dunston, Alfred G. Litton, Leslie Elizabeth Eckel, Len Gougeon, Todd H. Richardson, Joel Myerson, David O. Dowling, Leslie Perrin Wilson, Bonnie Carr O'Neill, Robert D. Habich, Glen M. Johnson, Randall Fuller, Jillmarie Murphy
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  • Date Published: December 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107028012

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  • This collection of newly commissioned essays maps the vital contextual backgrounds to Ralph Waldo Emerson's life and work. The volume begins with a detailed chronology of Emerson's life and publishing history, setting the stage for a wide-ranging discussion of his geographic and environmental contexts from early and later life, including his travels and intellectual encounters with the United States, Europe, and Asia. It goes on to survey the intellectual terrain of the nineteenth century, exploring Emerson's relationship with key philosophical, aesthetic, theological, scientific, familial, social, and political contexts and issues. Finally, it assesses the popular and critical receptions that have solidified Emerson's legacy as a towering figure in American literature, criticism, and culture today. Fans, students, and scholars will turn to this reference time and again for a fuller understanding of this seminal American writer.

    • Features a detailed chronology of Emerson's life, works and times
    • Offers thirty-two fresh chapters exploring the world in which Emerson lived
    • Chapters include examinations of fame, portraiture and Emerson's critical reception from 1836 to the present
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    • Date Published: December 2013
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107028012
    • length: 340 pages
    • dimensions: 231 x 157 x 28 mm
    • weight: 0.59kg
    • contains: 8 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Notes on contributors
    Preface
    List of abbreviations
    Chronology Sterling F. Delano
    Part I. Emerson and a Sense of Place(s):
    1. Boston and Concord Jacob Risinger
    2. America Roger Thompson
    3. Britain Wesley T. Mott
    4. Europe Jan Stievermann
    5. Asia Alan Hodder
    6. Travel Jason Berger
    Part II. Emerson and Ideas: 'The Wide World':
    7. Reading Jennifer Gurley
    8. Literature Albert J. von Frank
    9. Poetry and poetics Saundra Morris
    10. Nature David Greenham
    11. Divinity David M. Robinson
    12. Human mind Kristin Boudreau
    13. History Neal Dolan
    14. Democracy Daniel S. Malachuk
    15. Revolution Daniel Koch
    16. Science and technology Jennifer J. Baker
    Part III. Emerson and Society: 'Hodiernal Circles':
    17. Life against death Ronald A. Bosco
    18. Family Noelle Baker
    19. Friendship John Lysaker
    20. Ethics Susan L. Dunston
    21. Clubs Alfred G. Litton
    22. Gender Leslie Elizabeth Eckel
    23. Race Len Gougeon
    24. Reform Todd H. Richardson
    25. Money Joel Myerson
    26. Publishers David O. Dowling
    Part IV. Emerson and his Legacies: From Infidel to Icon:
    27. Portraits Leslie Perrin Wilson
    28. Fame Bonnie Carr O'Neill
    29. Biography Robert D. Habich
    30. Critics:
    1836–1948 Glen M. Johnson
    31. Critics:
    1948–2013 Randall Fuller
    32. A national icon Jillmarie Murphy
    Further reading
    Index.

  • Editor

    Wesley T. Mott, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Massachusetts
    Wesley T. Mott is Professor of English at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He organized the Ralph Waldo Emerson Society in 1989 and served as president for two terms. Author of 'The Strains of Eloquence': Emerson and His Sermons (1989), he edited the fourth volume of The Complete Sermons of Ralph Waldo Emerson as well as several reference works, including the Biographical Dictionary of Transcendentalism (1996) and the Encyclopedia of Transcendentalism (1996), and the three-volume American Renaissance in New England (2000–1). He is the recipient of the Ralph Waldo Emerson Society Distinguished Achievement Award.

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    Sterling F. Delano, Jacob Risinger, Roger Thompson, Wesley T. Mott, Jan Stievermann, Alan Hodder, Jason Berger, Jennifer Gurley, Albert J. von Frank, Saundra Morris, David Greenham, David M. Robinson, Kristin Boudreau, Neal Dolan, Daniel S. Malachuk, Daniel Koch, Jennifer J. Baker, Ronald A. Bosco, Noelle Baker, John Lysaker, Susan L. Dunston, Alfred G. Litton, Leslie Elizabeth Eckel, Len Gougeon, Todd H. Richardson, Joel Myerson, David O. Dowling, Leslie Perrin Wilson, Bonnie Carr O'Neill, Robert D. Habich, Glen M. Johnson, Randall Fuller, Jillmarie Murphy

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