Collection of New Essays Shines Light on Emerson’s Process
Outside the broadly drawn banner of “Transcendentalism,” the philosophy of Ralph Waldo Emerson still eludes many. His influence covers an enormous spectrum of fields, ranging from literature to spirituality to epistemology: the nature of thought itself. Professor Wes Mott continues to be at the forefront of modern Emerson understanding with his recent publication “Ralph Waldo Emerson In Context” (Cambridge University Press, Dec 2013).
Unlike many previous analyses of Emerson’s work, “In Context” attempts to accomplish what its name implies: to show where in his life and philosophical development the author was at the times of some of his most noted writings.
“The book is part of a series called ‘Literature in Context,’” says Mott, professor of English. “The press approached me to edit it because of my previous scholarship on Emerson.”