Emerson and Eros: The Making of a Cultural Hero Len Gougeon

ISBN: 9780791470787

Published: July 2nd 2011

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268 pages


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Emerson and Eros: The Making of a Cultural Hero  by  Len Gougeon

Emerson and Eros: The Making of a Cultural Hero by Len Gougeon
July 2nd 2011 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 268 pages | ISBN: 9780791470787 | 3.37 Mb

This critical biography traces the spiritual, psychological, and intellectual growth of one of America s foremost oracles and prophets, Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 1882). Beginning with his undergraduate career at Harvard and spanning the range of hisMoreThis critical biography traces the spiritual, psychological, and intellectual growth of one of America s foremost oracles and prophets, Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 1882).

Beginning with his undergraduate career at Harvard and spanning the range of his adult life, the book examines the complex, often painful emotional journey inward that would eventually transform Emerson from an average Unitarian minister into one of the century s most formidable intellectual figures.

By connecting Emerson s inner life with his outer life, Len Gougeon illustrates a virtually seamless relationship between Emerson s Transcendental philosophy and his later career as a social reformer, a rebel who sought to unsettle all things in an effort to redeem his society.In tracing the path of Emerson s evolution, Gougeon makes use of insights by Joseph Campbell, Erich Neumann, Mircea Eliade, and N. O. Brown. Like Emerson, all of these thinkers directly experienced the fragmentation and dehumanization of the Western world, and all were influenced both directly and indirectly by Emerson and his philosophy.

Ultimately, this study demonstrates how Emerson s philosophy would become a major force of liberal reformation in American society, a force whose impact is still felt today.



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