This new volume is the most comprehensive collection of Emerson’s writings available in a paperback edition.
The selections include Emerson’s major sermons, lectures, essays, addresses, and poems, as well as excerpts from his journals, notebooks, and correspondence.
"Contexts" addresses the topics of American Transcendentalism, philosophy, and Emerson's contemporary reception.
"Criticism" includes thirteen twentieth-century essays by O. W. Firkins, Stephen E. Whicher, Perry Miller, Joel Porte, Hyatt H. Waggoner, Julie Ellison, Michael T. Gilmore, Barbara Packer, Stanley Cavell, Cornel West, Len Gougeon, Richard Poirier, and Saundra Morris.
A Chronology, Selected Bibliography, and Index are included.