By Lawrence Rosenwald

This primary prolonged literary description and research of Emerson's journals, argues that they, and never his essays, are Emerson's masterpiece, constituting one of many maximum commentaries on nineteenth-century the US via one among our such a lot acute formal intelligences. First constructing the severe method had to learn the magazine shape, a style lengthy missed by way of literary students, Rosenwald is going directly to ponder how Emerson the diarist discovered his shape and what shape he chanced on. incorporated are comparisons among the journals and Emerson's lectures and essays, different Transcendentalist journals, the German aphorism-book, and books of citation via Montaigne and Eckermann. ultimately, the writer provides an account of the way, in his outdated age, Emerson misplaced his mastery of the form.

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