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PITHY QUOTE FROM Emerson: Journals

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As long as I am weak, I shall talk of Fate; whenever the God fills me with his fulness, I shall see the disappearance of Fate.

I am Defeated all the time; yet to Victory I am born.


The Journals and Miscellaneous Notebooks of Ralph Waldo Emerson. Volume 8, 1841-1843, Journal K, 1842, Letter to his Mum # 283

The Journals and Miscellaneous Notebooks of Ralph Waldo Emerson. Electronic Edition. book cover

The Journals and Miscellaneous Notebooks of Ralph Waldo Emerson. Electronic Edition.

ISBN: 978-1-57085-668-6

Language: English

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Ralph Waldo Emerson. Albumen print, coated, by Southworth & Hawes, c. 1857

Emerson, Ralph Waldo. The Journals and Miscellaneous Notebooks of Ralph Waldo Emerson. Edited by William H. Gilman et al. 16 vols. Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press of Harvard University, 1960 - 1982.

  • Vol. 1: 1819 - 1822
  • Vol. 2: 1822 - 1826
  • Vol. 3: 1826 - 1832
  • Vol. 4: 1832 - 1834
  • Vol. 5: 1835 - 1838
  • Vol. 6: 1824 - 1838
  • Vol. 7: 1838 - 1842
  • Vol. 8: 1841 - 1843
  • Vol. 9: 1843 - 1847
  • Vol. 10: 1847 - 1848
  • Vol. 11: 1848 - 1851
  • Vol. 12: 1835 - 1862
  • Vol. 13: 1852 - 1855
  • Vol. 14: 1854 - 1861
  • Vol. 15: 1860 - 1866
  • Vol. 16: 1866 - 1882

Notes

This new edition of Emerson's journals is planned in approximately sixteen volumes, with a final index which will combine the entries in the individual indexes. Like all large undertakings it could not have come into existence without the aid of numerous individuals and agencies, and the editors take pleasure in acknowledging their separate and collective debts:

  • to Edward Waldo Forbes and to the Ralph Waldo Emerson Memorial Association, for permission to publish the manuscript journals, now in the Houghton Library of Harvard University, and for grants which have provided for one half-year leave-of-absence, for microfilming of the manuscripts, and for other materials;
  • to Professor William A. Jackson, Director of the Houghton Library and member of the Ralph Waldo Emerson Memorial Association, for direct and indirect aid of many kinds;
  • to Miss Carolyn Jakeman of the Houghton Library for innumerable acts of professional and personal assistance;
  • to Mrs. Linda Gallasch, who among many other important tasks made rigorously accurate transcriptions of the text of volume I from the microfilms and did research for the notes; to Ralph H. Orth and to Mrs. Seymour Scher, who assisted with both text and notes; and to James C. Ballowe and Mrs. A. Dwight Culler, who proofread a part of the typescript;
  • to the University of Rochester, Ohio Wesleyan University, the University of Washington, and the Research Board of the University of Illinois, for providing funds for research assistance, travel, and freedom from summer teaching;
  • to the American Council of Learned Societies for a grant for a research assistant;
  • to the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation for a research fellowship;
  • to the staffs of the libraries of the University of Rochester, Ohio Wesleyan University, the University of Illinois, the University of Washington, and Harvard University;
  • to Professors Kenneth B. Murdock, Perry Miller, Mark DeWolfe Howe, Glyndon G. Van Deusen, Harrison Hayford, and Elmer G. Suhr, and to William H. Bond and Herbert Cahoon for help of various kinds;v
  • to scholars of the past and the present whose studies of Emerson have been indispensable — James Elliot Cabot, Edward W. Emerson and Waldo Emerson Forbes, Ralph L. Rusk, and Kenneth W. Cameron;
  • and to Professor Howard Mumford Jones, who labored with faith and wisdom to prepare the way.

Quotations from the "Records of the Immediate Government of Harvard College" are by permission of Harvard University. Unless otherwise noted, translations from Greek and Latin are from the Loeb Classical Library and are reprinted by permission of the Harvard University Press and the Loeb Classical Library. "Universe No. 7" is printed by permission of the Pierpont Morgan Library.

W.H.G. A.R.F.

G.P.C. M.R.D.



That the editors [of The Journals and Miscellaneous Notebooks of Ralph Waldo Emerson] have been able to order this fascinating chaos is a tribute to their patience, intelligence, and skill. There will never have to be another edition.

—New York Times Rook Review