The Selected Letters of Ralph Waldo Emerson by Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Selected Letters of Ralph Waldo Emerson

byRalph Waldo EmersonEditorJoel Myerson

Hardcover | January 1, 1998

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In 1939 Columbia University Press published the acclaimed first volume of The Letters of Ralph Waldo Emerson, which presented a deeply personal portrait of the real Emerson, previously unknown to the American public. Through these letters readers gained a new insight into the mind of this seminal figure in American literary and intellectual history. Now, for the first time, readers can find Emerson's best letters distilled in one volume. Distinguished Emerson scholar Joel Myerson has selected 350 letters written between 1813 and 1880 that best represents the scope of Emerson's correspondence.

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Joel Myerson is former president of the Ralph Waldo Emerson Society and the Carolina Distinguished Professor of American Literature at the University of South Carolina. He has written and edited numerous books on nineteenth-century American writers.
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Title:The Selected Letters of Ralph Waldo EmersonFormat:HardcoverDimensions:480 pages, 9.41 × 1.5 × 0.98 inPublished:January 1, 1998Publisher:Columbia University Press

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ISBN - 10:0231102828

ISBN - 13:9780231102827

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The Selected Letters of Ralph Waldo Emerson presents Emerson at his most guarded and his most vulnerable, writing to other Transcendentalists such as Henry David Thoreau and Margaret Fuller, to his wife and brothers, to friends like Longfellow and Whitman. With effusions of love, messages of condolence, letters of support for Thoreau and Whitman, and critiques of friends' writings, this extraordinary collection presents an Emerson deeply connected to the world around him

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By his skillful editing, Myerson has fabricated out of Emerson's own words a striking portrait of one of the most compelling and elusive figures of the nineteenth century. An expertly selected and edited collection that includes some of Emerson's best writings. Highly accessible, it will become one of the volumes to which both the general reader and the scholar will turn first for information on Emerson and New England literary culture.