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"An institution is the lengthened shadow of one man," Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote--and in this book, the leading scholar of New England literary culture looks at the long shadow Emerson himself has cast, and at his role and significance as a truly American institution. On the occasion of Emerson's 200th birthday, Lawrence Buell revisits the life of the nation's first public intellectual and discovers how he became a "representative man."

Born into the age of inspired amateurism that emerged from the ruins of pre-revolutionary political, religious, and cultural institutions, Emerson took up the challenge of thinking about the role of the United States alone and in the world. With characteristic authority and grace, Buell conveys both the style and substance of Emerson's accomplishment--in his conception of America as the transplantation of Englishness into the new world, and in his prodigious work as writer, religious thinker, and philosopher. Here we see clearly the paradoxical key to his success, the fierce insistence on independence that acted so magnetically upon all around him. Steeped in Emerson's writings, and in the life and lore of the America of his day, Buell's book is as individual--and as compelling--as its subject. At a time when Americans and non-Americans alike are struggling to understand what this country is, and what it is about, Emerson gives us an answer in the figure of this representative American, an American for all, and for all times.

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In this book, the leading scholar of New England literary culture looks at the long shadow Emerson has cast, and at his role and significance as a truly American institution. Buell conveys both the style and substance of Emerson's accomplishment--in his conception of America as the transplantation of Englishness into the new world, and in his prodigious work as writer, religious thinker, and philosopher.

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2004 Christian Gauss Award, Phi Beta Kappa

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2003 Warren-Brooks Award, Advisory Group to the Center for Robert Penn Warren Studies, Western Kentucky University

About the Author

Lawrence Buell is Powell M. Cabot Research Professor of American Literature at Harvard University.

Harvard University

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Abbreviations Used in This Book

Introduction

1. The Making of a Public Intellectual

2. Emersonian Self-Reliance in Theory and Practice

3. Emersonian Poetics

4. Religious Radicalisms

5. Emerson as a Philosopher?

6. Social Thought and Reform: Emerson and Abolition

7. Emerson as Anti-Mentor

Notes

Acknowledgments

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674016279
Author:
Buell, Lawrence
Publisher:
Belknap Press
Location:
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
American
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
United States - 19th Century
Subject:
Anthologies-Essays
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Literary
Copyright:
Publication Date:
September 2004
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
5 halftones
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
8 x 6 x 1 in

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"Synopsis" by , In this book, the leading scholar of New England literary culture looks at the long shadow Emerson has cast, and at his role and significance as a truly American institution. Buell conveys both the style and substance of Emerson's accomplishment--in his conception of America as the transplantation of Englishness into the new world, and in his prodigious work as writer, religious thinker, and philosopher.
"Synopsis" by , 2004 Christian Gauss Award, Phi Beta Kappa
"Synopsis" by , 2003 Warren-Brooks Award, Advisory Group to the Center for Robert Penn Warren Studies, Western Kentucky University
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