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Contents

Contributors

i

Foreword: Emerson’s Renewing Power

vii

John Stauffer and Steven Brown

Introduction: Emerson as Spiritual and Social Revolutionary

xiii

Jean McClure Mudge

The Making of a Protester

1

1.1

A Legacy of Revolt, 1803–1821

3

Phyllis Cole

1.2

Becoming an American “Adam”, 1822–1835

39

Wesley T. Mott

Public and Private Revolutions

79

2.1

The “New Thinking”: Nature, Self, and Society, 1836–1850

81

David M. Robinson

2.2

Dialogues with Self and Society, 1835–1860

117

Jean McClure Mudge

Emerson the Reformer

165

3.

Pragmatic Idealist in Action, 1850–1865

167

Len Gougeon

Emerson’s Evolving Emphases

217

4.

Actively Entering Old Age, 1865–1882

219

Jean McClure Mudge

Emerson’s Legacy in America

269

5.

Spawning a Wide New Consciousness

271

Jean McClure Mudge

Emerson in the West and East

323

6.1

Europe in Emerson and Emerson in Europe

325

Beniamino Soressi

6.2

Asia in Emerson and Emerson in Asia

373

Alan Hodder

Emerson: A Chronology 1803–1882

407

Selected Bibliography

423

List of Illustrations

435

Index

451