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The Emerson brothers : a fraternal biography in letters

Author: Ronald A Bosco; Joel Myerson
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Emerson Brothers: A Fraternal Biography in Letters is a narrative and epistolary biography drawn from the unpublished lifelong correspondence exchanged among four brothers: Charles Chauncy, Edward Bliss, Ralph Waldo, and William Emerson. This is an extensive correspondence, for not counting Waldo's previously published letters, there are 768 letters exchanged among the brothers and an additional 483 unpublished  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Correspondence
Named Person: Ralph Waldo Emerson; Ralph Waldo Emerson; Charles Chauncy Emerson; Edward Bliss Emerson; William Emerson; Emerson family.; Emerson, Familie.
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ronald A Bosco; Joel Myerson
ISBN: 0195140362 9780195140361
OCLC Number: 57392397
Description: xxv, 416 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: "What poems are many private lives": the Emerson brothers --
William in Germany --
Edward and Charles --
Aunt Mary and the brothers Emerson --
Charles and Elizabeth --
William and Waldo: finances and family.
Responsibility: Ronald A. Bosco and Joel Myerson.
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Features a narrative and epistolary biography, based upon the correspondence exchanged among the four Emerson brothers and the women who were most important to them. The Emerson brothers'  Read more...

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