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Emerson in His Journals

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This long-awaited volume offers the general reader the heart of Emerson's journals, that extraordinary series of diaries and notebooks in which he poured out his thoughts for more than fifty years, beginning with the "luckless ragamuffin ideas" of his college days.

Emerson as revealed in his journals is more spontaneous, more complex, more human and appealing than he appears in the published works. This man is the seeker rather than the sage; he records the turmoil, struggle, and questioning that preceded the serene and confident affirmations of the essays. He is honest, earthy, tough-minded, self-critical ("I am a lover of indolence, and of the belly"), warm in his enthusiasms, a witty and sharp observer of people and events. Everything is grist for his mill: personal experiences, his omnivorous reading, ruminations on matters large and small, his doubts and perplexities, public issues and local gossip. There are abrupt shifts in subject and tone, reflecting the variousness of his moods and the restless energy of his mind.

Drawing from Harvard's sixteen-volume scholarly edition of the journals--but omitting the textual apparatus that makes it hard to read--Joel Porte presents a sympathetic selection that brings us close to Emerson the man.

Synopsis:

This long-awaited volume offers the general reader the heart of Emerson's journals, that extraordinary series of diaries and notebooks in which he poured out his thoughts for more than fifty years. Drawing from Harvard's sixteen-volume scholarly edition of the journals--but omitting the textual apparatus that makes it hard to read--Porte presents a sympathetic selection that brings us close to Emerson the man.

Table of Contents

Chronology

Prospects (1820-1824)

A Reluctant Priest (1825-1832)

Reorientation (1833-1834)

Concord and Discord (1835-1838)

A Self on Trial (1839-1341)

Experience (1842-1846)

Representing the Age (1847-1856)

Issues and Campaigns (1857-1865)

Taking in Sail (1866-1874)

Acknowledgments

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674248625
Editor:
Porte, Joel
Author:
Porte, Joel
Edited:
Porte, Emerson, Ralph Waldo, Joel
Author:
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
Publisher:
Belknap Press
Location:
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Subject:
General
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
History - 19th Century
Subject:
Letters
Subject:
Emerson, ralph waldo, 1803-1882
Subject:
History & Surveys - 19th Century
Subject:
General Literary Criticism & Collections
Subject:
American
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Subject:
Philosophy-Surveys
Subject:
History-United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Literary
Copyright:
Publication Date:
December 1982
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
29 total: 5 line illustrations, 5 facsim
Pages:
608
Dimensions:
9.36x6.04x1.48 in. 2.00 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , This long-awaited volume offers the general reader the heart of Emerson's journals, that extraordinary series of diaries and notebooks in which he poured out his thoughts for more than fifty years. Drawing from Harvard's sixteen-volume scholarly edition of the journals--but omitting the textual apparatus that makes it hard to read--Porte presents a sympathetic selection that brings us close to Emerson the man.
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