This new volume is the most comprehensive collection of Emerson’s writings available in a paperback edition.
Printed on the familiar onionskin that reduces the 800 pages to a manageable size, the volume assembled by Morris (Bucknell U.) and Porte (Cornell U.) is a comprehensive resource for students and scholars alike, containing a generous selection of Emerson's sermons, lectures, essays, addresses, and poems as well as excerpts from his journals, notebooks, and correspondence. The second half of the book provides contextual background in the form of writings by his contemporaries, including Madame de Sta<:e>l, William Wordsworth, and Sampson Reed and 14 critical interpretations by 20th-century writers. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)