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The Resource Mary Moody Emerson and the origins of transcendentalism : a family history, Phyllis Cole

Mary Moody Emerson and the origins of transcendentalism : a family history, Phyllis Cole

Label
Mary Moody Emerson and the origins of transcendentalism : a family history
Title
Mary Moody Emerson and the origins of transcendentalism
Title remainder
a family history
Statement of responsibility
Phyllis Cole
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Mary Moody Emerson has been cast by generations of scholars as the "eccentric aunt" of Ralph Waldo - a quickly, deeply religious woman who though the cherished epistolary partner of her nephew is herself worthy of no sustained critical attention. This biography suggests otherwise. This narrative rethinks both the extent of Mary's influence on her nephew and Mary's own historical standing as writer, thinker, spiritual seeker, and self-reliant, self-creating woman. Biographer Phyllis Cole, who discovered Mary's "Almanack" in the Emerson family papers in 1981, introduces a self-taught, strikingly independent woman, a bold and philosophically gifted writer and fierce reader who chose solitude in nature over married life and other conventions. Her thought and language honored and discretely assimilated by Waldo from youth through old age, Mary not only connected Waldo to a rich ancestral and cultural past but she also formed the matrix in which Waldo developed his essential philosophic and aesthetic themes. It is through brilliant soul-making conversation between aunt and nephew, Cole demonstrates, rather than through typically cited sources such as Boston Unitarianism and English Romanticism, that Ralph Waldo Emerson's Miltonic mode of poetry and indeed his Transcendentalism took root and shape. Sifting Mary's private and published writing, previously unexplored ancestral texts and family lore, new letters to Waldo in dialogue with his long-familiar letters to her, and major and minor Emersonian writings, Cole tells a captivating story of intellectual and spiritual enthusiasm within a distinctive family and culture, a story that begins with the zealous generations preceding Mary's own and concludes with her death in 1863 at the age of 88. Cole's pioneering focus on a life Waldo deemed "purely original" unlocks a variety of new perspectives on late eighteenth- and nineteenth-century New England life and thought, and gives voice to a woman with much to say but from whom till now so little has been heard
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Cole, Phyllis
Dewey number
974/.03
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
F8
LC item number
.C67 1998
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Women intellectuals
  • Transcendentalism
  • Intellectuals
  • Women intellectuals
  • Emerson, Mary Moody
  • Intellectuals
  • Emerson, Ralph Waldo
  • Emerson, Mary Moody
  • Emerson family
  • New England
  • United States
Label
Mary Moody Emerson and the origins of transcendentalism : a family history, Phyllis Cole
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 311-359) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
36307845
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
viii, 370 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780195039498
Lccn
97001413
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Mary Moody Emerson and the origins of transcendentalism : a family history, Phyllis Cole
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 311-359) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
36307845
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
viii, 370 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780195039498
Lccn
97001413
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations

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