The Later Lectures of Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1843-1871, Volume 1

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University of Georgia Press, May 1, 2010 - Philosophy - 432 pages
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Drawing primarily from previously unpublished manuscripts in the Ralph Waldo Emerson Memorial Association Collection in the Houghton Library at Harvard University, recent editions of Emerson's correspondence, journals and notebooks, sermons, and early lectures have provided authoritative texts that inspire readers to consider Emerson's place in American culture afresh. The two-volume Later Lectures of Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1843–1871, presents the texts of forty-eight complete and unpublished lectures delivered during the crucial middle years of Emerson's career. They offer his thoughts on New England and “Old World” history and culture, poetic theory, education, the history and uses of intellect—as well as his ideas on race relations and women's rights, subjects that sparked many debates. These final volumes contain some of Emerson's most timelessly relevant work and are sure to engage and inform any reader interested in discovering one of our country's greatest intellectuals.

The following sections, although appearing only in the volume designated, contain information that pertains to both volumes and are available on the University of Georgia Press website.

Volume 1: 1843–1854 contains:
  • Preface
  • Works Frequently Cited
  • Historical and Textual Introduction
Volume 2: 1855–1871 contains:
  • Manuscript Sources of Emerson's Later Lectures in the Houghton Library of Harvard University
  • Index to Works by Emerson
  • General Index
 

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Contents

Preface
ix
Historical and Textual Introduction
xvii
of the AngloSaxon Race 10 January 1843
7
The Trade of New England
19
New England Genius Manners and Customs
39
New England Recent Literary
57
Address to the Temperance Society at Harvard Massachusetts
71
Discourse Read Before the Philomathesian Society of Middlebury College
81
The Relation
152
The Tendencies
173
Ieadnote 129
249
on the Fugitive Slave Law 3 May 1851
259
The AngloAmerican 7 December 1852
277
Poetry and English Poetry 10 January 1854
296
Seventh of March Speech on the Fugitive Slave Law 7 March 1854
333
An Address to the Adelphic Union of Williamstown College
348

The Spirit of the Times 15 February 1848
101

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About the author (2010)

Ronald A. Bosco is Distinguished Professor of English and American Literature at the University at Albany, State University of New York, and general editor of The Collected Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson. Joel Myerson is Carolina Distinguished Professor of American Literature Emeritus at the University of South Carolina.

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