Emerson and Eros: The Making of a Cultural Hero
State University of New York Press, 2012-02-01 - 278 psl.
Traces the spiritual, psychological, and intellectual evolution of one of Americas most important cultural figures.
This critical biography traces the spiritual, psychological, and intellectual growth of one of Americas foremost oracles and prophets, Ralph Waldo Emerson (18031882). Beginning with his undergraduate career at Harvard and spanning the range of his adult life, the book examines the complex, often painful emotional journey inward that would eventually transform Emerson from an average Unitarian minister into one of the centurys most formidable intellectual figures. By connecting Emersons inner life with his outer life, Len Gougeon illustrates a virtually seamless relationship between Emersons Transcendental philosophy and his later career as a social reformer, a rebel who sought to unsettle all things in an effort to redeem his society.
In tracing the path of Emersons evolution, Gougeon makes use of insights by Joseph Campbell, Erich Neumann, Mircea Eliade, and N. O. Brown. Like Emerson, all of these thinkers directly experienced the fragmentation and dehumanization of the Western world, and all were influenced both directly and indirectly by Emerson and his philosophy. Ultimately, this study demonstrates how Emersons philosophy would become a major force of liberal reformation in American society, a force whose impact is still felt today.
Len Gougeon is Distinguished University Fellow and Professor of American Literature at the University of Scranton. A former president of the Ralph Waldo Emerson Society, he is the author of Virtues Hero: Emerson, Antislavery, and Reform and coeditor (with Joel Myerson) of Emersons Antislavery Writings.
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