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Emerson : The Roots of Prophecy

By: Barish, Evelyn.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Princeton Legacy Library: Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2014Description: 1 online resource (0 p.).ISBN: 9781400860609.Subject(s): Authors, American -- 19th century -- Biography | Emerson, Ralph Waldo, -- 1803-1882 | Prophecies in literatureGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Emerson : The Roots of ProphecyDDC classification: 814.3 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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This subtle and complex study traces the processes whereby Emerson liberated himself from the traumas of the deaths of his father (which, at age seven, he failed to mourn) and of his first wife, as well as from the repressive poverty of his childhood and the life-threatening illness of his youth. Barish's treatment offers fresh perspectives, providing original readings for tales found in the writer's early notebooks to interpret the developing polarities of his imagination; introducing Emerson's aunt, Mary Moody Emerson, as a major influence on his attitudes toward nonconformity, on his appreciation of the anima of his own psyche, and on his style; and exploring the relationship between his evolving philosophy and his affliction with tuberculosis. Though it is provocative, and somewhat discursive in its method, the book is well grounded historically, effectively tracing both events and ideas while delving into the writer's inner life without heavy-handed psychoanalysis. Recommended for upper-division undergraduate, graduate students, and general readers. -H. J. Lindborg, Marian College of Fond Du Lac

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