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Author Cole, Phyllis, 1944- author

Title Mary Moody Emerson and the origins of transcendentalism : a family history / Phyllis Cole
Published New York : Oxford University Press, 1998
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Description 1 online resource (viii, 370 pages) : illustrations
Series Oxford University Press on-line
Oxford University Press on-line
Contents Emerson Genealogies; Introduction; THE FAMILY; A WOMAN'S LIFE; THE MOVEMENT; LAST THINGS; Notes; Index
Summary Mary Moody Emerson has long been a New England legend, the "eccentric Calvinist aunt" of Ralph Waldo Emerson, wearing a death-shroud as her daily garment. This exciting new study, based on the first reading of all her known letters and diaries, reveals a complex human voice and powerful forerunner of American Transcendentalism. From the years of her famous nephew's infancy, in both private and published writings, she celebrated independence, solitude in nature, and inward communion with God. Mary Moody Emerson inherited both resources and constraints from her family, a lineage of Massachusetts
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 311-359) and index
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Subject Emerson, Mary Moody, 1774-1863 -- Influence.
Emerson, Mary Moody, 1774-1863.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo, 1803-1882.
Emerson family.
Intellectuals -- New England -- Biography.
Women intellectuals -- New England -- Biography.
New England -- Intellectual life -- 19th century.
United States -- Intellectual life -- 1783-1865.
Genre/Form Biographies.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 97001413
ISBN 0195039491 (Paper)
058532686X (electronic bk.)
9780195039498 (Paper)
9780585326863 (electronic bk.)
(acid-free paper)