Emerson and Thoreau: The Contemporary Reviews by Joel MyersonEmerson and Thoreau: The Contemporary Reviews by Joel Myerson

Emerson and Thoreau: The Contemporary Reviews

EditorJoel Myerson

Paperback | June 18, 2009

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This book represents the first comprehensive collection of contemporary reviews of the writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. Many of the reviews are reprinted from hard-to-locate contemporary newspapers and periodicals.
Joel Myerson (born 1945) is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English Language and Literature at the University of South Carolina. He has edited many books about the works of such American literary figures as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Louisa May Alcott, Emily Dickinson, and Walt Whitman.
Title:Emerson and Thoreau: The Contemporary ReviewsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:484 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 1.06 inPublished:June 18, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521114101

ISBN - 13:9780521114103


Table of Contents

Series Editor's Preface; Introduction; Part I. Ralph Waldo Emerson: 1. Nature (1836); 2. The American scholar (1837); 3. Divinity School address (1838); 4. Literary ethics; (1838); 5. Essays [First Series] (1841); 6. The method of nature (1841); 7. Essays [Second Series]; 8. Poems (1847); 9. Essays, lectures and orations (1847); 10. Nature, addresses and lectures (1849); 11. Representative men (1850); 12. English traits (1856); 13. The conduct of life (1860); 14. May-day and other pieces (1867); Society and solitude (1870); Letters and social aims (1876); Part II. Henry David Thoreau: 15. A week on the concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849); 16. Walden (1854); 17. Ralph Waldo Emerson, 'Thoreau'; 18. 'A Parish Priest', 'Henry D. Thoreau'; 19. [James Russell Lowell], 'Thoreau's Letters'; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"The usefulness of such a collection is related to the quality of the reviews themselves. In this case, their range, seriousness, and number, particularly in response to Emerson's work, is an index of mid-nineteenth century New England's cultural synergy. Most of those reprinted here have something substantial to say, and many are long essays that meet Emerson with something like his own intensity and seriousness, engaging his ideas and analyzing his style....[T]hese early responses remain valuable to all serious readers of Emerson and Thoreau, not just to literary historians. Among other things, they are a kind of casebook of 'the new importance given to the single person' (Emerson, 'The American Scholar') that Emerson and Thoreau discerned and fostered in their own time." Bruce Greenfield, Dalhousie Review