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The Resource Understanding Emerson : "The American scholar" and his struggle for self-reliance, Kenneth S. Sacks

Understanding Emerson : "The American scholar" and his struggle for self-reliance, Kenneth S. Sacks

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Understanding Emerson : "The American scholar" and his struggle for self-reliance
Title
Understanding Emerson
Title remainder
"The American scholar" and his struggle for self-reliance
Statement of responsibility
Kenneth S. Sacks
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
A seminal figure in American literature and philosophy, Ralph Waldo Emerson is considered the apostle of self-reliance, fully alive within his ideas and disarmingly confident about his innermost thoughts. Yet the circumstances around "The American Scholar" oration--his first great public address and the most celebrated talk in American academic history--suggest a different Emerson. In Understanding Emerson, Kenneth Sacks draws on a wealth of contemporary correspondence and diaries, much of it previously unexamined, to reveal a young intellectual struggling to define himself and his principles. Caught up in the fierce dispute between his Transcendentalist colleagues and Harvard, the secular bastion of Boston Unitarianism and the very institution he was invited to honor with the annual Phi Beta Kappa address, Emerson agonized over compromising his sense of self-reliance while simultaneously desiring to meet the expectations of his friends. Putting aside self-doubts and a resistance to controversy, in the end he produced an oration of extraordinary power and authentic vision that propelled him to greater awareness of social justice, set the standard for the role of the intellectual in America, and continues to point the way toward educational reform. In placing this singular event within its social and philosophical context, Sacks opens a window into America's nineteenth-century intellectual landscape as well as documenting the evolution of Emerson's idealism
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DLC
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Sacks, Kenneth
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
Index
index present
LC call number
PS1615.A84
LC item number
S23 2003
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • United States
  • Learning and scholarship in literature
  • Self-reliance
  • Emerson, Ralph Waldo
  • Emerson, Ralph Waldo
  • Emerson, Ralph Waldo
  • Emerson, Ralph Waldo
Label
Understanding Emerson : "The American scholar" and his struggle for self-reliance, Kenneth S. Sacks
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [181]-194) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm50034887
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xii, 199 p.
Isbn
9780691099828
Lccn
2002075963
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
ill., ports.
Label
Understanding Emerson : "The American scholar" and his struggle for self-reliance, Kenneth S. Sacks
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [181]-194) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm50034887
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xii, 199 p.
Isbn
9780691099828
Lccn
2002075963
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
ill., ports.

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