Journals and Miscellaneous Notebooks: 1866-1882
Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1982 - Biography & Autobiography - 632 pages
The final volume of the Harvard edition presents the journals of Emerson's last years. In them, he reacts to the changing America of the post-Civil War years, commenting on Reconstruction, immigration, protectionism in trade, and the dangers of huge fortunes in few hands--as well as on baseball and the possibilities of air travel. His role as a Harvard Overseer evokes his thoughts on education during crucial years of reform in American universities. His travels take him to Europe for the third time, and for the first time he encounters the new garden of California and the enigma of Egypt. He continues to lecture, and a second volume of poems and two more collections of essays, culled from his manuscripts, are published. Finally, his late journals show Emerson confronting his loss of creative vigor, husbanding his powers, and maintaining his equanimity in the face of decline. This concluding volume thus gives a complex picture of Emerson in his last sixteen years, facing old age but still the advocate of "newness" throughout the world.
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THE TEXTS OF THE MISCELLANEOUS NOTEBOOKS
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Abel Adams American appears in Parnassus April Atlantic Ben Jonson blank Boston Athenaeum canceled in pencil Carlyle Channing Charles Club Concord Lyceum daily appointments diagonal lines diagonal use marks edition Edward Ellen Emerson Emerson withdrew Emerson's library England English entries Essays F[orbes flyleaf Forbes France front cover verso George Goethe H[athaway Harvard Harvard College Henry Herman Grimm Ibid ink to cancel inscription by Ellen inserted in pencil J[ames J[ohn James John John Murray Forbes Journal ST July June letter London Lowell M[ary M[oody Miss Notebook overwritten Peel Castle pencil Plutarch Plutarch's Morals Pocket Diary poem poet Poetry quotation Ralph Waldo Emerson Samuel sentence Social Aims Society struck Theodore Parker Thomas Thoreau thought Thurs translation Tues Varnhagen vertical use mark vols volume William Wordsworth writing written York