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Emerson in His Journals Paperback – May 15, 1984
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This long-awaited volume offers the general reader the heart of Emerson's journals, that extraordinary series of diaries and notebooks in which he poured out his thoughts for more than fifty years.
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His struggle for identity in the literary world of Post-Colonial America rings true to not only with the plight of artists throughout time but in the arch of anyone who ever wanted to achieve something greater than themselves. It is these qualities in Emerson - his self focus and universal aims - that make him a hero of democracy and an enigma to more cynical philosophers.
I did find his fascination with his male peer at Harvard very illuminating. I had heard rumors of a gay affair with Thoreau and after reading how he longed for intimacy with this fellow I wonder if Emerson may have been/considered a homosexual in today's world.
Regardless, outstanding read for those looking to know the private musings of America's most celebrated essayist.