Emerson's Essays

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Infobase Publishing, 2006 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 300 pages
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Oliver Wendell Holmes claimed Ralph Waldo Emerson's lecture "The American Scholar" was an intellectual Declaration of Independence. Indeed, Emerson was at the center of the American Renaissance and Transcendentalist philosophy. Collectively, his essays and lectures gave shape to nearly all that followed in American literature. Emerson's Essays presents scholarly criticism on the major works of this famous American writer. This engrossing volume is sure to be a top-notch resource for those seeking to explore Emerson's concepts, which are as relevant today as they were more than 100 years ago.
 

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Contents

The American Sublime by Harold Bloom
1
Circles by Stephen Whicher
27
Reading Emerson for the Structure by Lawrence I Buell
37
The Reader in Emersons Circles by David M Wyatt
55
Experience by Barbara Packer
67
The American Religion by Harold Bloom
95
Emersons Experience by Sharon Cameron
125
From Wordsworth to Emerson by David Bromwich
155
From Philosophy to Rhetoric by Pamela Schirmeister
227
Justice to Emerson by Kerry Larson
253
Reflections in the Evening Land by Harold Bloom
271
Chronology
279
Contributors
283
Bibliography
287
Acknowledgments
291
Index
293

Essays Second Series by David M Robinson
171
Friendship and Love by George Kateb
191

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About the author (2006)

Harold Bloom was born on July 11, 1930 in New York City. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Cornell in 1951 and his Doctorate from Yale in 1955. After graduating from Yale, Bloom remained there as a teacher, and was made Sterling Professor of Humanities in 1983. Bloom's theories have changed the way that critics think of literary tradition and has also focused his attentions on history and the Bible. He has written over twenty books and edited countless others. He is one of the most famous critics in the world and considered an expert in many fields. In 2010 he became a founding patron of Ralston College, a new institution in Savannah, Georgia, that focuses on primary texts. His works include Fallen Angels, Till I End My Song: A Gathering of Last Poems, Anatomy of Influence: Literature as a Way of Life and The Shadow of a Great Rock: A Literary Appreciation of The King James Bible.

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