Ralph Waldo Emerson


Books published during lifetime

  • Nature.Boston: James Munroe and Company, 1836.

  • Essays.Boston: James Munroe and Company, 1841.

  • Essays: Second Series.Boston: James Munroe and Company, 1844.

  • Poems.London: Chapman Brothers, 1846 (first American edition; Boston: James Munroe and Company, 1847).

  • Nature: Addresses and Lectures.Bostaon and Cambridge: james Munroe and Company, 1849.

  • Representative Men: Seven Lectures.Boston: Phillips, Sampson and Company, 1850.

  • English Traits.Boston: Phillips, Sampson and Company, 1856.

  • The Conduct of Life.Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1860.

  • May-Day and Other Pieces.Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1867.

  • Society and Solitude.Boston: Fields, Osgood & Co., 1870.

  • Letters and Social Aims.Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, 1876.


Editions of Works

  • Bosco, Ronald & Joel Myerson, eds. 2003. The Later Lectures of Ralph Waldo Emerson.Athens: University of Georgia Press.

  • Gilman, William H. et al. eds. 1960-82. The Journals and Miscellaneous Notebooks of Ralph Waldo Emerson, 16 vols.Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

  • Porte, Joel, ed. Ralph Waldo Emerson: Essays and Lectures. 1983.New York: Library of America.

  • Rusk, Ralph L., ed. Letters, 6 vols. 1939.New York: Columbia University Press. Eleanor Tilton, ed. Vols. 7-8. 1990, 1991.

  • Slater, Joseph, ed. 1964. Correspondence of Emerson and Carlyle.New York: Columbia University Press.

  • Spiller, Robert, et al. eds. 1971- .The Collected Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson.Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.



  • Allen, Gay Wilson. 1981. Waldo Emerson.New York: Viking.

  • Baker, Carlos. 1996. Emerson among the Eccentrics: A Group Portrait.New York: Viking.

  • Barish, Evelyn. 1989. Emerson: The Roots of Prophecy.Princeton: Princeton University Press.

  • Cayton, Mary Kupiec. 1989. Emerson's Emergence.Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press.

  • Richardson, Robert D. Jr. 1995. Emerson: The Mind on Fire.Berkeley: University of California Press.

  • Whicher, Stephen E. 1953. Freedom and Fate: The Inner Life of Ralph Waldo Emerson.Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.


Critical Studies

  • Bishop, Jonathan. 1964. Emerson on the Soul.Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

  • Buell, Lawrence. 1973. Literary Transcendentalism.Ithaca: Cornell University Press.

  • Ed. 1993. Ralph Waldo Emerson: A Collection of Critical Essays.Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.

  • Cavell, Stanley. Conditions Handsome and UnhandsomeChicago: University of Chicago Press, 1990.

  • 2004. Emerson's Transcendental Etudes.Stanford: Stanford University Press.

  • Chai, Leon. 1987. The Romantic Foundations of the American Renaissance.Ithaca: Cornell University Press.

  • Ellison, Julie. 1984. Emerson's Romantic Style.Princeton: Princeton University Press.

  • Leer, David Van. 1986. Emerson's Epistemology.Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

  • Packer, Barbara. 1982. Emerson's Fall.New York: Continuum.

  • Poirier, Richard. 1992. Poetry and Pragmatism.Cambridge, MA: harvard University Press.

  • Porte, Joel & Saundra Morris, eds. 1999. The Cambridge Companion to Ralph Waldo Emerson.Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

  • Sealts, Merton M. and Alfred R. Ferguson, eds. 1979. Emerson's Nature: Origin, Growth, Meaning, 2nd ed.Carbondale and Edwardsville: Southern Illinois University Press.

  • Yoder, R. A. 1978. Emerson and the Orphic Poet in America.Berkeley: University of California Press.