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Journals and Miscellaneous Notebooks of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Volume XVI: 1866–1882

Journals and Miscellaneous Notebooks of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Volume XVI: 1866–1882

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Edited by Ronald A. Bosco and Glen M. Johnson

ISBN 9780674484795

Publication date: 12/08/1982

The final volume of the Harvard edition presents the journals of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s last years. In them, he reacts to the changing America of the post–Civil War years, commenting on Reconstruction, immigration, protectionism in trade, and the dangers of huge fortunes in few hands—as well as on baseball and the possibilities of air travel. His role as a Harvard Overseer evokes his thoughts on education during crucial years of reform in American universities.

His travels take him to Europe for the third time, and for the first time he encounters the new garden of California and the enigma of Egypt. He continues to lecture, and a second volume of poems and two more collections of essays, culled from his manuscripts, are published. Finally, his late journals show Emerson confronting his loss of creative vigor, husbanding his powers, and maintaining his equanimity in the face of decline.

This concluding volume thus gives a complex picture of Emerson in his last sixteen years, facing old age but still the advocate of “newness” throughout the world.

Praise

  • That the editors have been able to order this fascinating chaos is a tribute to their patience, intelligence, and skill. There will never have to be another edition.

    —New York Times Book Review

Authors

  • Ronald A. Bosco, Distinguished Professor of English and American Literature at the University at Albany, State University of New York, is General Editor of the Collected Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  • Glen M. Johnson is Professor of English, The Catholic University of America.

Book Details

  • 632 pages
  • 6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches
  • Belknap Press

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