Glad to the brink of fear : a portrait of Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, [2024]., , ©2024.
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viii, 328 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
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Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, [2024]., , ©2024.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 275-318) and index.
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"More than two centuries after his birth, Ralph Waldo Emerson remains one of the presiding spirits in American culture. Yet his reputation as the starry-eyed prophet of self-reliance has obscured a much more complicated figure who spent a lifetime wrestling with injustice, philosophy, art, desire, and suffering. James Marcus introduces readers to this Emerson, a writer of self-interrogating genius whose visionary flights are always grounded in Yankee shrewdness. This Emerson is a rebel. He is also a lover, a friend, a husband, and a father. Having declared his great topic to be 'the infinitude of the private man,' he is nonetheless an intensely social being who develops Transcendentalism in the company of Henry David Thoreau, Margaret Fuller, Bronson Alcott, and Theodore Parker. And although he resists political activism early on—hoping instead for a revolution in consciousness—the burning issue of slavery ultimately transforms him from cloistered metaphysician to fiery abolitionist. Drawing on telling episodes from Emerson’s life alongside landmark essays like 'Self-Reliance,' 'Experience,' and 'Circles,' Glad to the Brink of Fear reveals how Emerson shares our preoccupations with fate and freedom, race and inequality, love and grief. It shows, too, how his desire to see the world afresh, rather than accepting the consensus view, is a lesson that never grows old." --publisher's website.

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APA Citation, 7th Edition (style guide)

Marcus, J. (2024). Glad to the brink of fear: a portrait of Ralph Waldo Emerson . Princeton University Press.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Marcus, James, 1959-. 2024. Glad to the Brink of Fear: A Portrait of Ralph Waldo Emerson. Princeton University Press.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities (Notes and Bibliography) Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Marcus, James, 1959-. Glad to the Brink of Fear: A Portrait of Ralph Waldo Emerson Princeton University Press, 2024.

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Marcus, James. Glad to the Brink of Fear: A Portrait of Ralph Waldo Emerson Princeton University Press, 2024.

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