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The Cambridge companion to Ralph Waldo Emerson
Porte, Joel.
Publication Information:
Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
xviii, 280 pages ; 24 cm.

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The Cambridge Companion to Ralph Waldo Emerson provides a critical introduction to pastor and poet, Ralph Waldo Emerson, author of Nature and The Conduct of Life. The tradition of American literature and philosophy as we know it at the end of the twentieth century was largely shaped by Emerson's example and practice. This volume offers students, scholars, and the general reader a collection of fresh interpretations of Emerson's writing, milieu, influence, and cultural significance. All essays are newly commissioned for this volume, written at an accessible yet challenging level, and augmented by a comprehensive chronology and bibliography.

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Reminiscent of the good old "Twentieth Century Interpretations" published by Prentice-Hall, the "Cambridge Companions to Literature" series offers recent essays, in the present case under the guidance of two excellent editors. Porte (Cornell Univ.) and Morris (Bucknell Univ.) bring together 12 well-written essays that reveal provocative and reasonable approaches, supported by accurate and detailed summaries of the relevant criticism. Although all the essays provide instructive reading, of particular interest are Phyllis Cole's insight into the influence of family and Mary Moody Emerson; Albert J. Von Frank's summary of the prophetic Essays: First Series; Jeffrey Steele's study of Emerson's friendship with Margaret Fuller; Catherine Tufariello's study of Emerson's mentoring influence on Whitman and Dickinson; and Saundra Morris's close reading of the poems. The collection also includes a useful chronology, Porte's excellent introduction, a selected bibliography, and a brief index. This book and the series are highly recommended as an important resources for undergraduate and graduate students. S. R. Whited; Piedmont College

Table of Contents

Introduction: representing America - the Emerson legacyJoel Porte
1 Transcendentalism and its timesDavid Robinson
2 Ralph Waldo Emerson in his familyPhyllis Cole
3 The Radical Emerson?Robert Milder
4 Emerson as lecturer: man thinking, man sayingR. Jackson Wilson
5 Emerson and natureRobert D. Richardson Jr
6 Essays: first series (1841)Albert J. von Frank
7 Transcendental friendshipJeffrey Steele
8 Terms for Emerson: essays, Second SeriesJulie Ellison
9 'The Remembering Wine': Emerson's influence on Whitman and DickinsonCatherine Tufariello
10 Post-colonial Emerson and the erasure of EuropeRobert Weisbuch
11 Metre-making arguments: Emerson's poemsSaundra Morris
12 The conduct of life: Emerson's anatomy of powerMichael Lopez.