The Annotated Emerson
A brilliant essayist and a master of the aphorism ("Our moods do not believe in each other"; "Money often costs too much"), Emerson has inspired countless writers. He challenged Americans to shut their ears against Europe's "courtly muses" and to forge a new, distinctly American cultural identity. But he remains one of America's least understood writers. And, by his own ad...more
Hardcover, 576 pages
Published February 7th 2012 by Belknap Press
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Five stars for Emerson needs no review, does it? Let me just say something about this particular edition published by Belknap. For too long, Emersonians have had to rub their thumbs raw, flipping through bulky low cost paperbacks or Cambridge critical editions with the aesthetic equivalence of a cardboard box. Finally, here's a book that reflects the beauty of the Mind on Fire. The oversized Annotated Emerson includes gorgeous quality prints on thick eggshell paper and plenty of tidbits in the m...more
Harvard's response to Yale Press edition of annotated eds. of Throreau's journals, "I to Myself," and "Walden." If it's anywhere near as good as those two books -- and it sounds like it is -- then this should be a real treat for the universally recognized and little read RWE.
A wonderful and representative compilation of Emerson's writings in a very handsome volume, complete with a profusion of gorgeously rendered illustrations. Mikics' annotations are very useful for the Emerson novice and scholar alike. My only caveats were: 1. the apparent random placement of some of the illustrations throughout the volume, 2. a (common) misidentification of the portrait of Lidian Emerson and her son (Edward, not Waldo).
Beautiful book, a work of fine craftsmanship. Wish I owned this instead of just borrowing it from my library, it's that pretty. Thoroughly annotated but would benefit from a bit of expert exposition and commentary. Emerson, unabridged, in all his poetic glory.
Ralph Waldo Emerson was an American essayist, poet, and leader of the Transcendentalist movement in the early nineteenth century.More about Ralph Waldo Emerson...