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The Resource The Emerson brothers : a fraternal biography in letters, Ronald A. Bosco and Joel Myerson

The Emerson brothers : a fraternal biography in letters, Ronald A. Bosco and Joel Myerson

Label
The Emerson brothers : a fraternal biography in letters
Title
The Emerson brothers
Title remainder
a fraternal biography in letters
Statement of responsibility
Ronald A. Bosco and Joel Myerson
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"The Emerson Brothers: A Fraternal Biography in Letters is a narrative and epistolary biography drawn from the unpublished lifelong correspondence exchanged among four brothers: Charles Chauncy, Edward Bliss, Ralph Waldo, and William Emerson. This is an extensive correspondence, for not counting Waldo's previously published letters, there are 768 letters exchanged among the brothers and an additional 483 unpublished letters from the brothers to their aunt Mary Moody Emerson, mother Ruth Haskins Emerson, and Charles's fiancee Elizabeth Hoar, among others." "While lesser figures might have faltered under the burden of having been born an Emerson, with social, political, and ecclesiastic roots extending back to the first century of New England settlement, the brothers' letters reveal that all were invigorated by a shared sense of origin and aspired to make a significant reputation for themselves. Across six richly developed chapters, the signal events and friendships that shaped the Emerson brothers' lives are strung together to reveal a remarkable family culture. For the first time, The Emerson Brothers treats the illustrious history of the Emerson family in America as a foreshadowing of expectations the brothers inherited; defines the extent of Waldo's debt to William for his encounter with German Biblical Criticism; develops Charles's and Edward's incredibly promising but ultimately tragic lives; examines the profound emotional and intellectual impact of Aunt Mary on the younger Emersons; considers the three-year courtship between Charles and Elizabeth Hoar in the context of Waldo's own marriages; and studies the brothers' preoccupation with financial security for "the family," revealing, too, that finances were at least as powerful a motivation behind Waldo's 1832 resignation from Boston's Second Church as were the death of his first wife and his religious doubts." "This biography approaches Waldo's inner life in a way that makes him a figure to imagine personally by portraying him in relation to his brothers who are his intellectual equals. It offers an imaginative social and cultural history of one of our oldest and most gifted families, unique players in a period often considered to be the "American Renaissance.""--Jacket
Biography type
collective biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Bosco, Ronald A
Dewey number
  • 814/.3
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
PS1631
LC item number
.B625 2006
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Myerson, Joel
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Authors, American
  • Brothers
  • Authors, American
  • Emerson, Ralph Waldo
  • Emerson, Ralph Waldo
  • Emerson, Charles Chauncy
  • Emerson, Edward Bliss
  • Emerson, William
  • Emerson family
Label
The Emerson brothers : a fraternal biography in letters, Ronald A. Bosco and Joel Myerson
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 359-402) 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
Contents
"What poems are many private lives": the Emerson brothers -- William in Germany -- Edward and Charles -- Aunt Mary and the brothers Emerson -- Charles and Elizabeth -- William and Waldo: finances and family
Control code
57392397
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xxv, 416 pages, 10 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780195140361
Isbn Type
(hardcover : acid-free paper)
Lccn
2004030379
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780195140361
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
Label
The Emerson brothers : a fraternal biography in letters, Ronald A. Bosco and Joel Myerson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 359-402) 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
Contents
"What poems are many private lives": the Emerson brothers -- William in Germany -- Edward and Charles -- Aunt Mary and the brothers Emerson -- Charles and Elizabeth -- William and Waldo: finances and family
Control code
57392397
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xxv, 416 pages, 10 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780195140361
Isbn Type
(hardcover : acid-free paper)
Lccn
2004030379
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780195140361
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits

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