The Later Lectures of Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1843-1871, Volume 2

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University of Georgia Press, May 1, 2010 - Philosophy - 440 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Drawing primarily from previously unpublished manuscripts in the Ralph Waldo Emerson Memorial Association Collection in the Houghton Library at Harvard University, recent editions of Emerson's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 The two-volume Later Lectures of Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1843–1871, presents the texts of forty-eight complete and unpublished lectures delivered during the crucial middle years of Emerson's career.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

American Slavery 25 January 1855
1
Address at the Womans Rights Convention 20 September 1855
15
Address to the Inhabitants of Concord at the Consecration of Sleepy Hollow
30
March 1858
49
Powers of the Mind
68
The Natural Method
84
Memory
99
SelfPossession
117
Genius and Temperament 9 April 1861
200
Art 17 April 1861
211
Some Good Books 1 May 1861
226
An Address at Tufts College 10 July 1861
240
Essential Principles of Religion 16 March 1862
266
Read on a Fast Day Appointed by the President
274
An Address before the UnitedLiterary Societies
302
Fortune of the Republic 1 December 1863
336

April 1859
130
Moral Sense 18 March i860
143
Classes of Men 20 November i860
160
Manuscript Sources of Emersons Later Lectures in the Houghton Library
389
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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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