Solid Seasons

Solid Seasons

The Friendship of Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson

eBook - 2019
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"Any biography that concentrates on either Henry David Thoreau or Ralph Waldo Emerson tends to diminish the other figure, but in Solid Seasons both men remain central and equal. Through several decades of writing, friendship remained a primary theme for them both. Collecting extracts from the letters and journals of both men, as well as words about them from their contemporaries, Jeffrey S. Cramer beautifully illustrates the full nature of their twenty-five-year dialogue. Biographers like to point at the crisis in their friendship, focusing particularly on Thoreau's disappointment in Emerson -- rarely on Emerson's frustration with Thoreau -- and leaving it there, a friendship ruptured. But the solid seasons remained, as is evident when, in 1878, Anne Burrows Gilchrist, the English writer and friend of Whitman, visited Emerson. She wrote that his memory was failing 'as to recent names and topics but as is usual in such cases all the mental impressions that were made when he was in full vigour remain clear and strong.' As they chatted, Emerson called to his wife, Lidian, in the next room: 'What was the name of my best friend?' 'Henry Thoreau,' she answered. 'Oh, yes,' Emerson repeated. 'Henry Thoreau.'"-- jacket.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Counterpoint, 2019
ISBN: 9781640091320
1640091327
Branch Call Number: eBOOK
PS3053 .C83 2019
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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