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Published: 01 September 1988

176 Pages

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195053333

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Emerson and the Art of the Diary

Lawrence Rosenwald

This, the first extended literary description and analysis of Emerson's journals, argues that they, and not his essays, are Emerson's masterpiece, constituting one of the greatest commentaries on nineteenth-century America by one of our most acute formal intelligences. First developing the critical methodology needed to examine the journal form, Rosenwald then discusses how Emerson the diarist found his form and where it stands in relation to other diaristic writing.