Journals of Ralph Waldo Emerson: With Annotations - Vol. 1

Journals of Ralph Waldo Emerson: With Annotations - Vol. 1

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Journals of Ralph Waldo Emerson: With Annotations - Vol. 1

Journals of Ralph Waldo Emerson: With Annotations - Vol. 1

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In the year 1902 Messrs. Houghton, Mifflin and Company asked me whether Mr. Emerson’s journals could not be published, to follow the annotated edition of the Works which they were to bring out in honour of the approaching Centenary. This question was referred to Mr. Cabot, whom Mr. Emerson, trusting to his good judgment and taste, had made his literary executor. Mr. Cabot, after a little consideration, said “Yes.” Many persons, he agreed, would gladly see Emerson’s first record of his thoughts, come nearer to the man than in the essays carefully purged of personality, and also trace the growth of his powers of expression in prose or rhyme, and the expansion of his mind during the fifty years or more that the journals cover.

Mr. Cabot said that he was too old to undertake further literary work, and expressed his wish that I should be the editor: “Only take time enough,” he said; “do not allow yourself to be hurried.” a few months later, Mr. Cabot died. I was deprived of his important and valued counsel.

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