Society and Solitude. Twelve Chapters by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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This new edition of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Society and Solitude reproduces the original 1870 edition—only updating nineteenth-century prose spellings. Emerson’s text is fully annotated to identify the authors and issues of concern in the twelve essays, and definitions are provided for selected words in Emerson’s impressive vocabulary. The work aims to facilitate a better understanding of Emerson’s late philosophy in relation to his sources, his development and his subsequent influence.


“H.G. Callaway provides a remarkably rich resource for understanding the historical background as well as the literary and societal influences on Emerson. He traces Emerson’s accounts of morality and law as a realist and cognitivist, and he outline’s Emerson’s relationship to Adams’ Federalists and their development into the Whig party.”– Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr., President, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey

“This book is in fact a scholarly jewel suited for a large audience of university students and the educated public in general.” – Professor Jaime Nubiola, Department of Philosophy, University of Navarra, Spain

“The present edition . . . goes beyond the usual compartmentalization of Emerson as an exclusively American figure almost exclusively in the literary milieu. . . . The book shows that Emerson should be read as an important figure in nineteenth-century thought—one who had a strong impact on contemporary philosophers, authors, and artists.” – Dr. Krzysztof Piotr Skowronski, Institute of Philosophy, Opole University, Poland

Table of Contents

Preface by Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr.
Note to the Text
Introduction: Emerson and the Law of Freedom
Society and Solitude
Domestic Life
Works and Days
Old Age
A Brief Emerson Chronology
Bibliography Index

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