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  • March 2001
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Emerson's Prose and Poetry

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Ralph Waldo Emerson (Author), Saundra Morris (Editor, Bucknell University), Joel Porte (Editor, Cornell University)

 

This new volume is the most comprehensive collection of Emerson’s writings available in a paperback edition.

The selections include Emerson’s major sermons, lectures, essays, addresses, and poems, as well as excerpts from his journals, notebooks, and correspondence.

"Contexts" addresses the topics of American Transcendentalism, philosophy, and Emerson's contemporary reception.

"Criticism" includes thirteen twentieth-century essays by O. W. Firkins, Stephen E. Whicher, Perry Miller, Joel Porte, Hyatt H. Waggoner, Julie Ellison, Michael T. Gilmore, Barbara Packer, Stanley Cavell, Cornel West, Len Gougeon, Richard Poirier, and Saundra Morris.

A Chronology, Selected Bibliography, and Index are included.

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    The Texts of Emerson’s Prose and Poetry

    Sermons

    1. I. [Pray Without Ceasing], 1 Thessalonians 5:17, July 25, 1826
    2. XXXIX. [Summer], Psalm 24:16-17, June 13, 1829
    3. XC. [Trust Yourself], Matthew 16:26, October 3, 1830
    4. CLXII. [The Lord’s Supper], Romans 14:17, September 9, 1832

    Selected Early Addresses and Lectures

    1. The American Scholar
    2. An Address to the Senior Class in Divinity College, Cambridge
    3. The Method of Nature
    4. The Transcendentalist

    From Essays: First Series History

    1. Self-Reliance
    2. Compensation
    3. Spiritual Laws
    4. The Over-Soul

    From Essays: Second Series

    1. Circles
    2. The Poet
    3. Experience
    4. Politics
    5. New England Reformers

    From Representative Men

    1. Montaigne, or the Skeptic
    2. Shakspeare, or the Poet

    From The Conduct of Life

    1. Fate
    2. Power
    3. Illusions

    From Letters and Social Aims

    1. From Poetry and Imagination
    2. Quotation and Originality

    Papers from The Dial

    1. The Editors to the Reader
    2. Thoughts on Modern Literature

    Miscellanies on His Contemporaries and His Times

    1. An Address . . . on . . . the Emancipation of the Negroes in the British West Indies
    2. From Memoirs of Margaret Fuller Ossoli
    3. Thoreau
    4. Abraham Lincoln
    5. From Historic Notes on Life and Letters in New England

    Selected Poetry From Poems

    1. The Sphinx
    2. Each and All
    3. The Problem
    4. The Visit
    5. Uriel
    6. Hamatreya
    7. The Rhodora
    8. The Humble-Bee
    9. The Snow-Storm
    10. Fable
    11. Ode
    12. Give All to Love
    13. Thine Eyes Still Shined
    14. Eros
    15. The Apology
    16. Merlin I
    17. Merlin II
    18. Bacchus
    19. Blight
    20. Threnody
    21. Concord Hymn

    From May-Day and Other Pieces

    1. Brahma
    2. Nemesis
    3. Boston Hymn
    4. Voluntaries
    5. Days
    6. The Chartist’s Complaint
    7. The Titmouse
    8. Sea-Shore
    9. Two Rivers
    10. Waldeinsamakeit
    11. Terminus
    12. From Elements
    13. Art
    14. Worship
    15. From Quatrain
    16. Memory
    17. From Translation
    18. Song of Seid Nimetollah of Kuhistan Others
    19. Grace
    20. Cupido
    21. [“Let Me Go Where Ever I Will’]
    22. [“Ever the Rock of Ages Melts’]

    From Correspondence

    1. To William Emerson, Concord, November 10, 1814
    2. To Mary Moody Emerson, Cambridge, September 23, 1826
    3. To William Emerson, Charleston, January 6 and 9, 1827
    4. To Mary Moody Emerson, St. Augustine, March 15?, 1827
    5. To the Second Church and Society in Boston, Cambridge, January 30, 1829
    6. To the Proprietors of the Second Church, Boston, September 11, 1832
    7. To the Second Church and Society, Boston, December 22, 1832
    8. To Edward Bliss Emerson, Boston, December 22, 1833
    9. To Edward Bliss Emerson, Newton, May 31, 1834
    10. To Lydia Jackson, Concord, January 24, 1835
    11. To Lydia Jackson, Concord, February 1, 1835
    12. To Thomas Carlyle, Concord, September 17, 1836
    13. To William Emerson, Concord, October 31, 1836
    14. To Martin Van Buren, Concord, April 23, 1838
    15. For Henry David Thoreau, Concord, May 2, 1838
    16. To Thomas Carlyle, Concord, May 10, 1838
    17. To Amos Bronson Alcott, Concord, June 28, 1838
    18. To Henry Ware, Jr., Concord, July 28, 1838
    19. To Henry Ware,Jr., Concord, October 8, 1838
    20. To Thomas Carlyle, Concord, October, 17, 1838
    21. To James Freeman Clarke, Concord, December 7, 1838
    22. To Margaret Fuller, Concord, August 4, 1840
    23. To Margaret Fuller, Concord, October 24, 1840
    24. To Margaret Fuller, Concord, March 14, 1841
    25. To Mary Moody Emerson, Concord, September 21, 1841
    26. To Margaret Fuller, Concord, January 28, 1842
    27. To Elizabeth Palmer Peabody, Concord, January 28, 1842
    28. To Caroline Sturgis, Concord, February 4, 1842
    29. To Lidian Emerson, Providence, February 10, 1842
    30. To Lidian Emerson, Castleton, Staten Island, March 1, 1842
    31. To Margaret Fuller, Concord, June 7, 1843
    32. To Charles Anderson Dana, Concord, October 18, 1843
    33. To Margaret Fuller, Concord, December 17, 1843
    34. To Christopher Pearse Cranch, Concord, June 7, 1844
    35. To Thomas Carlyle, Concord, December 31, 1844
    36. To William J. Rotch, Concord, November 17, 1845
    37. To the Corporation of Harvard University, Concord, June 25, 1846
    38. To William Henry Furness, Concord, August 6, 1847
    39. To Henry David Thoreau, Manchester, December 2, 1847
    40. To Lidian Emerson, London, March 8 and 10, 1848
    41. To William Emerson, Concord, February 10, 1850
    42. To Pauline W. Davis, Concord, Septembe 18, 1850
    43. To Wendell Phillips, Concord, February 19, 1853
    44. To Walt Whitman, Concord, July 21, 1855
    45. To Caroline Sturgis Tappan, Concord, July 22, 1853
    46. To Thomas Carlyle, Concord, May 6, 1856
    47. To Henry David Thoreau, Concord, May 11, 1858
    48. To William Henry Seward, Buffalo, January 12, 1863
    49. To Emma Lazarus, Concord, February 24, 1868
    50. To Emma Lazarus, Concord, April 14, 1868
    51. To Emma Lazarus, Concord, July 9, 1869
    52. To Emma Lazarus, Concord, August 23, 1869
    53. To Emma Lazarus, Concord, August 19, 1870
    54. To Lidian Emerson, the Wyoming, October 31 and November 2, 1872
    55. To Emma Lazarus, Concord, July 22, 1876
    56. To George Stewart Jr., Concord, January 22, 1877

    Contexts

    American Transcendentalism

    1. Madame de Staël, On Germany
    2. William Wordsworth, Prospectus to The Recluse
    3. Frederic Henry Hedge, Coleridge’s Literary Character/From German

    Philosophy

    1. Sampson Reed, Genius

    Contemporary Reviews and Impressions

    1. Caricatures
    2. Elizabeth Palmer Peabody, Nature-A Prose Poem
    3. Andrews Norton, The New School in Literature and Religion
    4. Thomas Carlyle, From Preface to Essays, First Series
    5. Walt Whitman, Review of “The Poet” Lecture
    6. Margaret Fuller, Emerson’s Essays
    7. Nathaniel Hawthorne, From The Old Manse
    8. James Russell Lowell, From A Fable for Critics
    9. Henry David Thoreau, From A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers
    10. Anthony Trollope, North America: From Boston
    11. Louisa May Alcott, From Journals
    12. Emma Lazarus, A Memorial Sonnet to Ralph Waldo Emerson
    13. Henry James, Emerson
    14. José Martí, From Emerson
    15. George Santayana, From Interpretations of Poetry and Religion/Emerson
    16. William James, Address at the Emerson Centenary in Concord
    17. John Dewey, Ralph Waldo Emerson
    18. D. H. Lawrence, Emerson
    19. Robert Frost, On Emerson
    20. A. R. Ammons, Emerson

    Criticism

    1. O. W. Firkins, Has Emerson a Future?
    2. Stephen E. Whicher, Emerson’s Tragic Sense
    3. Perry Miller, New England’s Transcendentalism: Native or Imported?
    4. Joel Porte, The Problem of Emerson
    5. Hyatt H. Waggoner, From The Achievement of the Poems: “Artful Thunder”
    6. Julie Ellison, “Quotation and Originality”
    7. Michael T. Gilmore, Emerson and the Persistence of the Commodity
    8. Barbara Packer, Ralph Waldo Emerson
    9. Stanley Cavell, From The Philosopher in American Life
    10. Cornel West, The Emersonian Prehistory of American Pragmatism
    11. Len Gougon, From Virtue’s Hero: Emerson, Anitslavery, and Reform/ Conclusion
    12. Richard Poirer, From Poetry and Pragmatism
    13. Robert D. Richardson, Jr., The Heart Has Its Jubilees
    14. Saundra Morris, Through a Thousand Voices: Emerson’s Poetry and “The Sphinx”