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Ralph Waldo Emerson was an intellectual magpie, taking ideas from all over the world in his long career. In the 1830s and early 1840s, the era with which this book principally deals, his influence came from Europe. The first half of Emerson's Transatlantic Romanticism provides an original account of Emerson's creative debts to the British and European philosophers and Romantics, including Locke, Reid, the Higher Criticism, Coleridge and Carlyle. Importantly, it firmly locates this intellectual encounter in his New England context, and especially in the epistolary relationship he had with his astonishing aunt, Mary Moody Emerson. In its second half, this book accounts for the way that Emerson's transatlantic thought penetrates his writing, be it that of his letters, his journals, his lectures or his essays, creating a unique Romantic prose style in which idea and word become united in an epistemology of form.

'Greenham's account will be of great help to general readers and of provocative stimulation to scholars of nineteenth-century readers. For general readers, he offers a splendid overview of Emerson scholarship of the past fifty years, for scholars, he offers a skilful use of Emerson's letters and journals to present new proof for earlier, forgotten positions. It is an exciting and useful text.' - David van Leer, Professor of English, University of California Davis, USA 

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  • PDF | 232 pages
  • David Greenham(Author)
  • Palgrave Macmillan; 2012 edition (31 July 2012)
  • English
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