Estimating Emerson: An Anthology of Criticism from Carlyle to Cavell

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David LaRocca
A&C Black, Jan 1, 2013 - Literary Criticism - 720 pages

Ralph Waldo Emerson is internationally renowned as helping to define American identity as we know it. What is less known is the degree to which he has inspired and influenced generations of other internationally celebrated writers and thinkers.

Estimating Emerson is the most comprehensive collection yet assembled of the finest minds writing on one of America's finest minds. It serves as both a resource for easily accessing the abundant and profound commentary on Emerson's work and as a compendium of exceptional prose to inspire further thought about his contribution to our thinking.

As 'America's Plato,' it is perhaps not surprising that Emerson has drawn a great deal of critical (in both senses of the word) attention. What is surprising, however, is the fact that so much of the attention was given by writers and thinkers as varied as Thomas Carlyle, Matthew Arnold, the James brothers, Walt Whitman, D. H. Lawrence, George Santayana, Marcel Proust, Virginia Woolf, T. S. Eliot, John Updike, and William Gass. Estimating Emerson collects for the first time the writing of these and many other notable writers as they consider the impact of Emerson on their life and work.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Thomas Carlyle 17951881
27
Henry David Thoreau 18171862
41
Nathaniel Hawthorne 18041864
43
Edgar Allan Poe 18091849
45
Charles Dickens 18121870
46
Elizabeth Palmer Peabody 18041894
48
Orestes Augustus Brownson 18031876
56
Charles William Eliot 18341926
319
Hugo Münsterberg 18631916
333
Robert Musil 18801942
349
Marcel Proust 18711922
352
Virginia Woolf 18821941
357
Maurice Maeterlinck 18621949
361
T S Eliot 18881965
367
H L Mencken 18801956
374

Andrews Norton 17861853
71
William Henry Channing 18101884
74
Margaret Fuller 18101850
82
Amos Bronson Alcott 17991888
88
Herman Melville 18191891
102
Theodore Parker 18101860
105
Walter Savage Landor 17751864
116
Arthur Hugh Clough 18191861
128
Herman Grimm 18281901
131
Charles Baudelaire 18211867
135
John Greenleaf Whittier 18071892
137
James Russell Lowell 18191891
138
Horace Greeley 18111872
148
John Ruskin 18191900
150
Frederick Douglass 18181895
153
Walt Whitman 18191892
176
Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr 18091894
187
Matthew Arnold 18221888
198
Augustine Birrell 18501933
213
Henry James Sr 18111882
221
Henry James Jr 18431916
226
John Jay Chapman 18621933
245
Charles Sanders Peirce 18391914
257
Josiah Royce 18551916
259
Friedrich Nietzsche 18441900
273
William James 18421910
285
John Dewey 18591952
291
George Santayana 18631952
297
Charles Ives 18741954
377
D H Lawrence 18851930
395
Lewis Mumford 18951990
401
James Truslow Adams 18781949
409
William Braswell 19071985
419
F O Matthiessen 19021950
435
Perry Miller 19051963
445
Robert Frost 18741963
457
Lionel Trilling 19051975
463
Robert Penn Warren 19051989
473
Jorge Luis Borges 18991986
478
Joseph Blau 19091986
484
Harold Bloom 1930
495
Richard Rorty 19312007
519
John Updike 19322009
529
William H Gass 1924
555
John J McDermott 1932
588
Richard Poirier 19252009
604
Alfred Kazin 19151998
608
Cornel West 1953
617
Charles Bernstein 1950
655
Leslie Fiedler 19172003
661
P Adams Sitney 1944
664
Stanley Cavell 1926
680
Acknowledgements
715
Permissions
718
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David LaRocca (Ph.D Vanderbilt University) is Writer-in-Residence in the Frederick Lewis Allen Room at the New York Public Library, USA, and Coordinating Producer and Consulting Editor for the ongoing documentary film project The Intellectual Portrait Series. He studied philosophy, film, rhetoric, and religion at SUNY-Buffalo, UC Berkeley, Vanderbilt University, and at Harvard University, where he was Sinclair Kennedy Traveling Fellow in the United Kingdom. Author of On Emerson (Wadsworth, 2003) and editor of Stanley Cavell's book Emerson's Transcendental Etudes (Stanford University Press, 2003), he writes regularly on topics in aesthetics, literary theory, and film. His essays have been published in volumes such as Nietzsche e L'America (Recensioni Filosofiche, Pisa 2005), New Morning: Emerson in the Twenty-first Century (SUNY Press 2008), Emerson for the Twenty-First Century (University of Delaware Press, 2010).

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