RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 51553753 LA English T1 Emerson A1 Buell, Lawrence., PB Belknap Press of Harvard University Press PP Cambridge, Mass. YR 2003 SN 0674011392 9780674011397 AB Born into the age of inspired amateurism that emerged from the ruins of pre-revolutionary political, religious, and cultural institutions, Emerson took up the challenge of thinking about the role of the United States alone and in the world. In this book Lawrence Buell conveys both the style and substance of Emerson's accomplishment--in his conception of America as the transplantation of Englishness into the new world, and in his prodigious work as writer, religious thinker, and philosopher. Here we see the paradoxical key to his success, the fierce insistence on independence that acted so magnetically upon all around him. At a time when Americans and non-Americans alike are struggling to understand what this country is, and what it is about, Emerson gives us an answer in the figure of this representative American, an American for all, and for all times.