The Collected Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson

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With the appearance of the tenth and final volume of Collected Works, a project forty years in the making reaches completion: the publication of critically edited texts of all of Emerson's works published in his lifetime and under his supervision. The Uncollected Prose Writings is the definitive gathering of Emerson's previously published prose writings that he left uncollected at the time of his death. The Uncollected Prose Writings supersedes the three posthumous volumes of Emerson's prose that James Elliot Cabot and Edward Waldo Emerson added to his canon. Seeing as their primary task the expansion of the Emerson canon, they embellished and improvised. By contrast, Ronald A. Bosco and Joel Myerson have undertaken the restoration of Emerson's uncollected prose canon, printing only what Emerson alone wrote, authorized for publication, and saw into print. In their Historical Introduction and Textual Introduction, the editors survey the sweep of Emerson's uncollected published prose. The evidence they marshal reveals Emerson's progressive reliance on lectures as forerunners to his published prose in major periodicals and clarifies what has been a slowly emerging portrait of the last decade and a half of his life as a public intellectual.

Table of Contents

Abbreviationsp. xxi
Historical Introductionp. xxv
Statement of Editorial Principlesp. c
Textual Introductionp. cvi
Uncollected Prose Writings
Thoughts on the Religion of the Middle Ages (Christian Disciple and Theological Review, November-December 1822)p. 1
An Extract from Unpublished Travels in the East (The Offering for 1829)p. 10
[Review of A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship] (Christian Examiner, March 1831)p. 12
A Historical Discourse, Delivered before the Citizens of Concord, 12th September, 1835. On the Second Centennial Anniversary of the Incorporation of the Town (1835)p. 17
[Review of Lemuel Shattuck, History of the Town of Concord] (Yeoman's Gazette, 3 October 1835)p. 55
Preface of the American Editors (Thomas Carlyle, Sartor Resartus, 1836)p. 56
Michael Angelo (North American Review, January 1837)p. 58
Advertisement (Thomas Carlyle, Critical and Miscellaneous Essays, 1838)p. 75
Milton (North American Review, July 1838)p. 77
The Editors to the Reader (Dial, July 1840)p. 95
Thoughts on Modern Literature (Dial, October 1840)p. 99
New Poetry (Dial, October 1840)p. 121
[Review of Richard Henry Dana, Jr., Two Years before the Mast] (Dial, October 1840)p. 137
[Review of Jones Very, Essays and Poems] (Dial, July 1841)p. 138
Walter Savage Landor (Dial, October 1841)p. 140
Ezra Ripley, D.D. (Concord Republican, 1 October 1841)p. 151
The Senses and the Soul (Dial, January 1842)p. 154
Transcendentalism (Dial, January 1842)p. 161
Obituary [of Hannah Joy] (Christian Register, 2 April 1842)p. 166
Preliminary Note [Henry David Thoreau, "Natural History of Massachusetts"] (Dial, July 1842)p. 168
Prayers (Dial, July 1842)p. 169
Fourierism and the Socialists (Dial, July 1842)p. 174
Chardon Street and Bible Conventions (Dial, July 1842)p. 179
Agriculture of Massachusetts (Dial, July 1842)p. 191
Record of the Months (Dial, July 1842)p. 195
[Review of George Borrow, The Zincali]p. 195
[Review of James Lockhart, Ancient Spanish Ballads]p. 197
[Review of George H. Colton, Tecumseh: A Poem]p. 198
[Review of The Cambridge Miscellany of Mathematics, Physics, and Astronomy]p. 198
[Notice of Orestes A. Brownson, A Letter to Rev. W. E. Channing]p. 199
[Notice of Novalis, Henry of Ofterdingen]p. 199
[Notice of Caroline Southey, Chapters on Churchyards]p. 199
[Notice of the London Phalanx]p. 199
Intelligence (Dial, July 1842)p. 200
Exploring Expeditionp. 200
Association of State Geologistsp. 201
Harvard Universityp. 202
[Wordsworth's new poems and other news]p. 203
[Tennyson]p. 204
[Henry Taylor, John Sterling, Thomas Carlyle]p. 204
Berlinp. 205
New Jerusalem Churchp. 205
English Reformers (Dial, October 1842)p. 207
[Introductory note to Charles Lane, "James Pierrepont Greaves"] (Dial, October 1842)p. 231
[Introductory note to Samuel Gray Ward, "The Gallery"] (Dial, October 1842)p. 232
Editor's Table (Dial, October 1842)p. 233
[Papers from England]p. 233
[John A. Heraud's lectures]p. 233
[Charles Lane and Henry G. Wright]p. 234
[French journals]p. 234
Berlinp. 235
American Editor's Notice (Thomas Carlyle, Past and Present, 1843)p. 238
Literary Intellignece (Dial, January 1843)p. 239
Record of the Months (Dial, January 1843)p. 241
[Review of Confessions of St. Augustine]p. 241
[English books]p. 242
Goethe and Swedenborgp. 243
Europe and European Books (Dial, April 1843)p. 244
[Review of George Borrow, The Bible in Spain] (Dial, April 1843)p. 255
Ethnical Scriptures. Extracts from the Desatir (Dial, July 1843)p. 256
Past and Present (Dial, July 1843)p. 261
[Introductory note to Samuel Gray Ward, "Notes on Art and Architecture"] (Dial, July 1843)p. 268
[Notice to Correspondents] (Dial, July 1843)p. 269
Record of the Months (Dial, July 1843)p. 270
[Review of John Pierpont, Anti-Slavery Poems]p. 270
[Review of William Lloyd Garrison, Sonnets and Other Poems]p. 270
[Review of Nathaniel W. Coffin, America, an Ode: and Other Poems]p. 271
[Review of William Ellery Channing, Poems]p. 271
[Review of Fredrika Bremer, The H-Family and The President's Daughters]p. 272
To Correspondents (Dial, July 1843)p. 273
Mr. Channing's Poems (United States Magazine, and Democratic Review, September 1843)p. 274
A Letter (Dial, October 1843)p. 289
[Notices of books] (Dial, October 1843)p. 300
An Address Delivered in the Court-House in Concord, Massachusetts, on 1st August, 1844, on the Anniversary of the Emancipation of the Negroes in the British West Indies (1844)p. 301
The Garden of Plants. A Leaf from a Journal (The Gift, 1844)p. 328
[Introductory note to Henry David Thoreau, "Pindar"] (Dial, January 1844)p. 332
Deutsche Schnellpost (Dial, January 1844)p. 333
The Tragic (Dial, April 1844)p. 334
To the Public (Massachusetts Quarterly Review, December 1847)p. 341
[Review of John Sterling, Essays and Tales] (Massachusetts Quarterly Review, September 1848)p. 348
New Translation of Dante (Massachusetts Quarterly Review, September 1848)p. 350
War (Ęsthetic Papers, 1849)p. 351
[Review of Arthur Hugh Clough, The Bothie of Toper-na-Fuosich] (Massachusetts Quarterly Review, March 1849)p. 365
Mr. R. W. Emerson's Remarks at the Kansas Relief Meeting in Cambridge, Wednesday Evening, Sept. 10 (1856)p. 371
Samuel Hoar (Putnam's Monthly Magazine, December 1856)p. 376
Character of Samuel Hoar (Monthly Religious Magazine, January 1857)p. 381
Amos Bronson Alcott (The New American Cyclopędia, 1858)p. 385
[Address at the John Brown Relief Meeting] (18 November 1859)p. 387
Speech at the John Brown Relief Meeting at Salem (6 January 1860)p. 391
American Civilization (Atlantic Monthly, April 1862)p. 394
Henry D. Thoreau (Boston Daily Advertiser, 8 May 1862)p. 411
Thoreau (Atlantic Monthly, August 1862)p. 413
The President's Proclamation (Atlantic Monthly, November 1862)p. 432
Saadi (Atlantic Monthly, July 1864)p. 439
Editor's Notice (Henry David Thoreau, Letters to Various Persons, 1865)p. 446
Character (North American Review, April 1866)p. 447
[Remarks on the Character of George L. Stearns] (14 April 1867)p. 465
Address [at the Dedication of the Soldiers' Monument, Concord, 19 April 1867]p. 470
Mrs. Sarah A. Ripley (Boston Daily Advertiser, 31 July 1867)p. 487
[Speech at the Reception of the Chinese Embassy] (21 August 1868)p. 490
Introduction (Plutarch's Morals, 1870)p. 493
Preface (William Ellery Channing, The Wanderer, 1871)p. 510
Address [at the Dedication of the New Building for the Concord Free Public Library, 1 October 1873]p. 513
Preface (Parnassus, 1875)p. 521
Address [at the Unveiling of the Minute-Man Statue, Concord, 19 April 1875]p. 528
Miscellaneous Items
[Prospectus for Thomas Carlyle, The History of the French Revolution] (1837)p. 531
[Advertisement for "Human Culture" lecture series] (Boston Daily Advertiser, 8 November 1837)p. 531
Prospectus [Thomas Carlyle, Critical and Miscellaneous Essays, 1838]p. 532
Carlyle's Miscellanies (Christian Register and Boston Observer, 7 July 1838)p. 533
Carlyle's Letters and Speeches of Cromwell (Boston Daily Advertiser, 31 January 1846)p. 533
[Advertising blurb for Jean Ingelow, The High Tide] (1864)p. 533
[Advertising blurb for William Rounseville Alger, The Poetry of the Orient] (1864)p. 533
[Advertising blurb for The Complete Works of Charles Sumner] (1874)p. 534
Notesp. 535
Appendix: List of line-end hyphenationp. 927
Indexp. 935
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