The Annotated Emerson

The Annotated Emerson

ISBN-10:
0674049233
ISBN-13:
9780674049239
Pub. Date:
02/07/2012
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
ISBN-10:
0674049233
ISBN-13:
9780674049239
Pub. Date:
02/07/2012
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
The Annotated Emerson

The Annotated Emerson

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Overview

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 admission, he spawned neither school nor follower (he valued independent thought too much). Now, in this annotated selection of Emerson’s writings, David Mikics instructs the reader in a larger appreciation of Emerson’s essential works and the remarkable thinker who produced them.

Full of color illustrations and rich in archival photographs, this volume offers much for the specialist and general reader. In his running commentaries on Emerson’s essays, addresses, and poems, Mikics illuminates contexts, allusions, and language likely to cause difficulty to modern readers. He quotes extensively from Emerson’s Journal to shed light on particular passages or lines and examines Emerson the essayist, poet, itinerant lecturer, and political activist. Finally, in his Foreword, Phillip Lopate makes the case for Emerson as a spectacular truth teller—a model of intellectual labor and anti-dogmatic sanity.

Anyone who values Emerson will want to own this edition. Those wishing to discover, or to reacquaint themselves with, Emerson’s writings but who have not known where or how to begin will not find a better starting place or more reliable guide than The Annotated Emerson.



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ISBN-13: 9780674049239
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 02/07/2012
Pages: 576
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.80(d)

About the Author

David Mikics is John and Rebecca Moores Professor of English at the University of Houston.

Phillip Lopate is a professor at Columbia University, where he directs the graduate nonfiction program.

What People are Saying About This

Harold Bloom

David Mikics's The Annotated Emerson is the best possible introduction to Emerson's prose and poetry.

Paul Kane

Impressive in its thoroughness… the author's enthusiasm for his subject is infectious.
Paul Kane, Vassar College

Philip F. Gura

Mikics's annotations are gracious, helpful, and genuinely illuminating. This is a 'reader's edition' in the truest sense.
Philip F. Gura, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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