Represents the first comprehensive collection of contemporary reviews of the writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau.
The American Critical Archives was a series of reference books that provide representative selection of contemporary reviews of the main works of major American authors. Specifically each volume contains both full reviews and excerpts from reviews that appeared in newspapers and weekly and monthly periodicals generally within a few months of the publication of the work concerned. There is an introductory historical overview by the volume editor, as well as checklists of additional reviews located but not quoted. This book represents the first comprehensive collection of contemporary reviews of the writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. Many of the reviews are reprinted from hard-to-locate contemporary newspapers and periodicals.
Series Editor's Preface; Introduction; Part I. Ralph Waldo EmersonNature (1836); 2. The American scholar (1837); 3. Divinity School address (1838); 4. Literary ethics; (1838); 5. Essays [First Series] (1841); 6. The method of nature (1841); 7. Essays [Second Series]; 8. Poems (1847); 9. Essays, lectures and orations (1847); 10. Nature, addresses and lectures (1849); 11. Representative men (1850); 12. English traits (1856); 13. The conduct of life (1860); 14. May-day and other pieces (1867); Society and solitude (1870); Letters and social aims (1876); Part II. Henry David Thoreau: 15. A week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849); 16. Walden (1854); 17. Ralph Waldo Emerson, 'Thoreau'; 18. 'A Parish Priest', 'Henry D. Thoreau'; 19. [James Russell Lowell], 'Thoreau's Letters'; Index.