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by Kenneth S. Sacks


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"Understanding Emerson is a superb piece of historical research brought to life by a deep intuition about one of the most fascinating phenomena of the nineteenth century: the mind of Ralph Waldo Emerson. Kenneth Sacks has got that mind exactly right. He has grasped the curiously ungraspable quality of Emerson's thought, and by showing us, in a fineness of detail no one else has approached, how Emerson came to write 'The American Scholar, ' he shows us, too, why we continue to read him."--Louis Menand, The Graduate Center of the City University of New York

"A timely and elegantly written reminder of why Emerson is America's most important intellectual."--Gordon Wood, Brown University

"Kenneth Sacks has succeeded admirably in producing a very important examination of both the ferment of reform and change in which Transcendentalism arose, and Emerson's personal struggle with that ferment. He breaks a good deal of new ground. The picture that emerges is insightful, revealing, and engaging. The book is very well written and, blessedly, jargon free."--Len Gougeon, author of Virtue's Hero: Emerson, Antislavery, and Reform, and past President of the Ralph Waldo Emerson Society (2000-2001)

"This is an engaging book--well-written, without jargon, and suitable for the educated reader as well as for the Emerson scholar interested in the details missed by many biographers and intellectual historians. I was carried along as a reader from beginning to end, and often smiled with satisfaction at the author's wit and the aptness of his use of quotations and other documentary evidence."--William Pannapacker, Hope College

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  • Title Understanding Emerson: The American Scholar and His Struggle for Self-Reliance
  • Author Kenneth S. Sacks
  • Binding Hardcover
  • Edition number 1st
  • Edition 1
  • Pages 216
  • Volumes 1
  • Language ENG
  • Publisher Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ
  • Date 2003-03-30
  • Features Bibliography, Dust Cover, Index
  • ISBN 9780691099828 / 0691099820
  • Weight 1.04 lbs (0.47 kg)
  • Dimensions 9.62 x 6.3 x 0.77 in (24.43 x 16.00 x 1.96 cm)
  • Library of Congress subjects Self-reliance, United States - Intellectual life - 19th
  • Library of Congress Catalog Number 2002075963
  • Dewey Decimal Code 814.3

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Citations

  • Library Journal, 06/01/2003, Page 126
  • New Yorker (The), 08/04/2003, Page 78

About the author

Kenneth S. Sacks is Professor of History at Brown University. His books include Diodorus Siculus and the First Century (Princeton) and Polybius on the Writing of History.
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