The Annotated Emerson

by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Editor David Mikics
Foreword by Phillip Lopate

Harvard | February 7, 2012 | Hardcover |

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A brilliant essayist and a master of the aphorism ("Our moods do not believe in each other"; "Money often costs too much"), Emerson has inspired countless writers. He challenged Americans to shut their ears against Europe's "courtly muses" and to forge a new, distinctly American cultural identity. But he remains one of America's least understood writers. And, by his own admission, he spawned neither school nor follower (he valued independent thought too much). Now, in this annotated selection of Emerson's writings, David Mikics instructs the reader in a larger appreciation of Emerson's essential works and the remarkable thinker who produced them.

Full of color illustrations and rich in archival photographs, this volume offers much for the specialist and general reader. In his running commentaries on Emerson's essays, addresses, and poems, Mikics illuminates contexts, allusions, and language likely to cause difficulty to modern readers. He quotes extensively from Emerson's Journal to shed light on particular passages or lines and examines Emerson the essayist, poet, itinerant lecturer, and political activist. Finally, in his Foreword, Phillip Lopate makes the case for Emerson as a spectacular truth teller-a model of intellectual labor and anti-dogmatic sanity.

Anyone who values Emerson will want to own this edition. Those wishing to discover, or to reacquaint themselves with, Emerson's writings but who have not known where or how to begin will not find a better starting place or more reliable guide than The Annotated Emerson.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 576 Pages, 8.66 × 9.45 × 0 in

Published: February 7, 2012

Publisher: Harvard

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0674049233

ISBN - 13: 9780674049239

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The Annotated Emerson

The Annotated Emerson

by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Editor David Mikics
Foreword by Phillip Lopate

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 576 Pages, 8.66 × 9.45 × 0 in

Published: February 7, 2012

Publisher: Harvard

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0674049233

ISBN - 13: 9780674049239

About the Book

Emerson remains one of America's least understood writers, having spawned neither school nor follower. Those wishing to discover or reacquaint themselves with Emerson's writings but who have not known where or how to begin will not find a better starting place or more reliable guide than David Mikics in this richly illustrated "Annotated Emerson."

From the Publisher

A brilliant essayist and a master of the aphorism ("Our moods do not believe in each other"; "Money often costs too much"), Emerson has inspired countless writers. He challenged Americans to shut their ears against Europe's "courtly muses" and to forge a new, distinctly American cultural identity. But he remains one of America's least understood writers. And, by his own admission, he spawned neither school nor follower (he valued independent thought too much). Now, in this annotated selection of Emerson's writings, David Mikics instructs the reader in a larger appreciation of Emerson's essential works and the remarkable thinker who produced them.

Full of color illustrations and rich in archival photographs, this volume offers much for the specialist and general reader. In his running commentaries on Emerson's essays, addresses, and poems, Mikics illuminates contexts, allusions, and language likely to cause difficulty to modern readers. He quotes extensively from Emerson's Journal to shed light on particular passages or lines and examines Emerson the essayist, poet, itinerant lecturer, and political activist. Finally, in his Foreword, Phillip Lopate makes the case for Emerson as a spectacular truth teller-a model of intellectual labor and anti-dogmatic sanity.

Anyone who values Emerson will want to own this edition. Those wishing to discover, or to reacquaint themselves with, Emerson's writings but who have not known where or how to begin will not find a better starting place or more reliable guide than The Annotated Emerson.

About the Author

David Mikics is John and Rebecca Moores Professor of English at the University of Houston.

Editorial Reviews

Mikics has put together a handsome edition of Emerson''s most popular and enduring work. First-time readers of Emerson will find the collection useful because the annotations reference the common occurrences of Emerson''s attention and, along with the illustrations, place Emerson''s work in the context of the 19th century. More-experienced readers of Emerson will value the many annotations that reference his journals, letters, and other essays not gathered here.
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