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Emerson: The Mind on Fire (1995)

by Robert D. Richardson Jr.

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This comprehensive portrait of Emerson draws from newly available material, including correspondence between the Emerson brothers.

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About the author: Robert D. Richardson, Jr. is an American historian and biographer. He has taught at several universities, including Harvard and Yale. Among his awards are the Bancroft Prize and the Melcher Book Award. Source: Wikipedia. About the book: David S. Reynolds, reviewer for the "New Times Book Review," said of this work, "Richardson does a fine job of teasing out the emotional nuances of Emerson's relationships. Drawing from a wide range of contemporary sources, he fills out the picture of the human Emerson. The book is highly readable. . .(and) is a worthy addition to the library of books on one of America's foremost thinkers."
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  uufnn | Nov 2, 2016 |
Fantastic! Inspiring overall if a bit slow in places. For an Emerson fanatic, this is a must-read, imo... ( )
  chiefyg | Nov 7, 2014 |
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John Banville

The best book I have read this year is Emerson: The Mind on Fire by Robert D Richardson Jr (University of California Press), a superb biography of the great American philosopher and prose-poet. Richardson's scholarship is exhaustive, he writes a straightforward yet mesmeric prose, and his gift for tracing the development of Emerson's mind through apposite quotation is uncanny. This is, simply, a great book. ( )
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On March 29, 1832, the twenty-eight-year-old Emerson visited the tomb of his young wife, Ellen, who had been buried a year and two months earlier.
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