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The Topical Notebooks of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Volume 2
edited by Ronald A. Bosco
by Ralph Waldo Emerson
University of Missouri Press, 1993
Cloth: 978-0-8262-0858-3 | eISBN: 978-0-8262-6013-0
Library of Congress Classification PS1631.A37 1990
Dewey Decimal Classification 818.303


Ralph Waldo Emerson, the magus of of American Transcendentalism, was an inveterate keeper of journals and notebooks, which he used as source and proving ground for his poems, lectures, and essays.  This is the second in a three-volume edition that brings twelve of Emerson's topical notebooks and four other notebooks into print for the first time.  These notebooks were Emerson's repositories for anecdotes, quotations, reminiscences, drafts of his poems, outlines for lectures, and observations on everything from daily life to profound cultural and philosophical issues.

Among the highlights of the five notebooks in Volume 2, "Orientalist" provides an unusual opportunity to view closely Emerson's adaptation of Eastern thought.

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