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Collected poems and translations / Ralph Waldo Emerson; ed. Harold Bloom, Paul Kane

Main Author Emerson, Ralph Waldo, 1803-1882 Secondary Author Bloom, Harold, 1930-
Kane, Paul
Country Estados Unidos. Publication New York : The Library of America, cop. 1994 Description 637 p. ; 21 cm Series The Library of America , 70 ISBN 0-940450-28-3 CDU 820(73) EMERSON
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Gathering both published and unpublished work, this Library of America edition makes available for the first time to general readers the full range of Emerson's poetry, including many poems left in manuscript at his death that have hitherto been available only in drastically edited versions or specialized scholarly texts. Displacing all previous editions in its comprehensiveness and textual authority, this volume reveals the ecstatic, mystical, and private meditative sides of one of the greatest of all American writers.

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Library Journal Review

This claims to be the most comprehensive volume of Emerson's poetry ever published. Bold words, but considering both the publisher's penchant for accuracy and a compilation and textual notes by Harold Bloom and Paul Kane, one could easily believe it. The text includes all of Emerson's published works plus unpublished material gleaned from his journals and notebooks. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publishers Weekly Review

Even those not well acquainted with the work of Emerson, New England essayist and procreative spark of the Transcendentalist movement, will find much to savor in this exhaustive, sensitive compilation. The poems chart the growth of a uniquely American sensibility, from the impressionable boy who toyed romantically with verse to the eloquent man who witnessed with ``joyful eye'' the ``genius of the whole.'' In his autobiographical laments, particularly ``Threnody,'' one sees how painfully the deaths of Emerson's first wife and first-born son affected him. Of great interest also are his gentlemanly versions of Dante. But the crowning moment of the collection comes when Emerson steeps himself in the poetry of Persian mystics. (His translations illustrate more the intense resonance he felt with the rapturous manner of the poet Hafiz, and less his mastery of poetic form.) While the voices of Chaucer, Shakespeare, Tennyson and others are periodically visible, the profound influence of the exotic saturates his every word. This welcome collection offers up poetic reiterations of Emerson's more popular essays, lyricizes Transcendentalism's celebration of the sublime in the human, and serves to re-open the case for Emerson as a poet. An introduction would have served readers well. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) settled in Concord, Massachusetts, in 1834, where he began a career as a public lecturer. Every year Emerson made a lecture tour, the source of most of his essays. His principal publications include Nature (1836), two volumes of Essays (1841, 1844), Poems (1847), Representative Men (1850), The Conduct of Life (1860), and Society and Solitude (1870).

Harold Bloom and Paul Kane , volume editors, are, respectively, Sterling Professor Emeritus of the Humanities at Yale University, and assistant professor of English at Vassar College.

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