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Ralph Waldo Emerson Selected Journals, 1820-1842 (Library of America) Hardcover – 4 Mar 2010

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  • Hardcover: 910 pages
  • Publisher: Library of America; First Edition edition (4 Mar. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598530674
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598530674
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 3 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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"Of the most readily available anthologies of Emerson's work, Poirier's entry is by far the handsomest, most visually appealing of them all....But if one dives more deeply into the collection, one is similarly impressed with its substance....As a package this anthology is nothing less than
impressive. It is undoubtedly the collection I will order the next time I teach a substantial amount of Emerson."--Nineteenth-Century Prose
"This volume immediately becomes a leading contender when anyone is choosing a fully representative yet affordable anthology of Emerson."--American Literature
"A solid, well-balanced collection that covers all the standard essays/poems, yet offers a refreshing selection of less-often seen materials."--Fred Erisman, Texas Christian University
"This convenient but copious volume can be strongly recommended for use as either class text or library reader."--Choice
"Very valuable indeed!"--E.N. Feltskog, University of Wisconsin, Madison



"Of the most readily available anthologies of Emerson's work, Poirier's entry is by far the handsomest, most visually appealing of them all....But if one dives more deeply into the collection, one is similarly impressed with its substance....As a package this anthology is nothing less than
impressive. It is undoubtedly the collection I will order the next time I teach a substantial amount of Emerson."--Nineteenth-Century Prose
"This volume immediately becomes a leading contender when anyone is choosing a fully representative yet affordable anthology of Emerson."--American Literature
"A solid, well-balanced collection that covers all the standard essays/poems, yet offers a refreshing selection of less-often seen materials."--Fred Erisman, Texas Christian University
"This convenient but copious volume can be strongly recommended for use as either class text or library reader."--Choice
"Very valuable indeed!"--E.N. Feltskog, University of Wisconsin, Madison



"Of the most readily available anthologies of Emerson's work, Poirier's entry is by far the handsomest, most visually appealing of them all....But if one dives more deeply into the collection, one is similarly impressed with its substance....As a package this anthology is nothing less than
impressive. It is undoubtedly the collection I will order the next time I teach a substantial amount of Emerson."--Nineteenth-Century Prose
"This volume immediately becomes a leading contender when anyone is choosing a fully representative yet affordable anthology of Emerson."--American Literature
"A solid, well-balanced collection that covers all the standard essays/poems, yet offers a refreshing selection of less-often seen materials."--Fred Erisman, Texas Christian University
"This convenient but copious volume can be strongly recommended for use as either class text or library reader."--Choice
"Very valuable indeed!"--E.N. Feltskog, University of Wisconsin, Madison


"Of the most readily available anthologies of Emerson's work, Poirier's entry is by far the handsomest, most visually appealing of them all....But if one dives more deeply into the collection, one is similarly impressed with its substance....As a package this anthology is nothing less than impressive. It is undoubtedly the collection I will order the next time I teach a substantial amount of Emerson."--Nineteenth-Century Prose
"This volume immediately becomes a leading contender when anyone is choosing a fully representative yet affordable anthology of Emerson."--American Literature
"A solid, well-balanced collection that covers all the standard essays/poems, yet offers a refreshing selection of less-often seen materials."--Fred Erisman, Texas Christian University
"This convenient but copious volume can be strongly recommended for use as either class text or library reader."--Choice
"Very valuable indeed!"--E.N. Feltskog, University of Wisconsin, Madison

About the Author

Lawrence Rosenwald, editor, is Anne Pierce Rogers Professor of American Literature at Wellesley College and the author of "Emerson and the Art of the Diary."

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When people ask me why I think Emerson is America's greatest thinker and essayist, I have trouble explaining it. Most people are used to reading Emerson's carefully crafted essays, which scintillate with ideas and lapidary prose. You can pull out lines and paragraphs from almost any of them and think about them for days, finding fractal ideas within them that resonate in your own mind.

But what really convinced me was when I started reading his journals. First, I had read some of the books available that contain excerpts from the journals; there are several, of varying length. Then I bought a set of the 1910 edition, edited by Emerson's son Edward, and started reading them. In ten volumes, with small pages and largish print, they are only slightly better than the one-volume editions of excerpts. Finally, I bought the 16-volume Harvard University Press edition - a massive expense - and am currently reading them (and posting my favorite excerpts on [...]readingemerson.com).

Reading Emerson's "private" writings - journals of this period were not diaries, but were often passed around, so Emerson knew that others would eventually read what his contained - showed me the type of thinker he really was. When he writes extemporaneously, his ideas flow more fluidly, less densely than in his essays. While he reused parts of the journal for his sermons, at first, then, later, his essays, there is a spontaneity that one doesn't find in the published works.

So this Library of America edition is a boon for anyone wanting to discover Emerson's journals. I'm a big fan of the LoA books, for their choice of authors, and the quality and readability of the books themselves.
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Format: Hardcover
When people ask me why I think Emerson is America's greatest thinker and essayist, I have trouble explaining it. Most people are used to reading Emerson's carefully crafted essays, which scintillate with ideas and lapidary prose. You can pull out lines and paragraphs from almost any of them and think about them for days, finding fractal ideas within them that resonate in your own mind.

But what really convinced me was when I started reading his journals. First, I had read some of the books available that contain excerpts from the journals; there are several, of varying length. Then I bought a set of the 1910 edition, edited by Emerson's son Edward, and started reading them. In ten volumes, with small pages and largish print, they are only slightly better than the one-volume editions of excerpts. Finally, I bought the 16-volume Harvard University Press edition - a massive expense - and am currently reading them (and posting my favorite excerpts on [...]readingemerson.com).

Reading Emerson's "private" writings - journals of this period were not diaries, but were often passed around, so Emerson knew that others would eventually read what his contained - showed me the type of thinker he really was. When he writes extemporaneously, his ideas flow more fluidly, less densely than in his essays. While he reused parts of the journal for his sermons, at first, then, later, his essays, there is a spontaneity that one doesn't find in the published works.

So this Library of America edition is a boon for anyone wanting to discover Emerson's journals. I'm a big fan of the LoA books, for their choice of authors, and the quality and readability of the books themselves.
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4.0 out of 5 stars For fans of nature and the 19th century 16 May 2017
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This volume provided a wide selection of very thought-provoking and peaceful poems, as well as a excerpt from one of Emerson's famous essays. Before, I had heard little about his poems, as he was known foremost as an essayist and a leader of Transcendentalist philosophy. Some were a bit dry or over my head, but if you are a fan of nature, have previously enjoyed Emerson's well-known quotes and essays, or are fascinated by nineteenth-century New England history in general, give Emerson a try!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Emerson's works should be in everyone's library, and read often. 9 Jun. 2013
By N. Maclean - Published on Amazon.com
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Emerson is the kind of thinker and writer whose thoughts are so profound and timeless that you can't resist marking up the volumes of his books, or dog-earing the pages, or at the very least, copying passage after passage of his wisdom and practical take on life into your journal or day book. I believe that the Essays and Journals of Ralph Waldo Emerson are essential reading for everyone, everywhere, in every generation, now, yesterday, and for generations to come. He is one of our national treasures and certainly among the top greatest thinkers and writers that this country has ever produced. As the noted essayist, Phillip Lopate, wrote in his recently published Portrait Inside My Head, I, too, am in love with Emerson! One becomes a better person by having read him. And then returned to read him again. And then again.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars if you love the genius of Emerson then it only makes sense ... 8 Sept. 2014
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not much to say, if you love the genius of Emerson then it only makes sense to own this wonderful collection. His wisdom is as valid today as it was in his lifetime, we just choose to ignore it. Honestly, whats not to love?
5.0 out of 5 stars Emerson is for thinkers. 25 Aug. 2016
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Emerson is for everyone: everyone who can take the time to read and absorb his philosophies. You can't go wrong unless you don't like philosophical essays.
5.0 out of 5 stars hmm Emerson.... 14 Mar. 2014
By Carol Spears - Published on Amazon.com
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I read once that Emerson set the style for writers from the United States. He writes in a simple and elegant poetic style that was something like a music in my mind after having read a bunch of Europeans from his era and before. His essay on politics in particular should be a must read before you cast your vote!
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