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The Correspondence of Thomas Carlyle and Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1834-1872, Vol. I   By: (1795-1881)

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The correspondence between Thomas Carlyle and Ralph Waldo Emerson offers a fascinating insight into the deep bond and intellectual exchange between two of the most influential thinkers of their time. Spanning nearly four decades, these letters reveal the philosophical discussions, personal reflections, and mutual admiration that characterized their relationship.

Carlyle's passionate and often abrasive style of writing is balanced by Emerson's more lyrical and transcendentalist approach, creating a dynamic and engaging dialogue that covers a wide range of topics, from literature and politics to spirituality and philosophy. Their discussions on the nature of genius, the role of the individual in society, and the search for meaning in a rapidly changing world are as relevant today as they were in the 19th century.

The editor's meticulous annotations provide valuable context and background information, helping to illuminate the historical and cultural significance of each letter. Overall, this collection offers a rich and rewarding reading experience for anyone interested in the intellectual history of the 19th century and the enduring legacy of Carlyle and Emerson.

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1834 1872


"To my friend I write a letter, and from him I receive a letter. It is a spiritual gift, worthy of him to give, and of me to receive." Emerson

"What the writer did actually mean, the thing he then thought of, the thing he then was." Carlyle


The trust of editing the following Correspondence, committed to me several years since by the writers, has been of easy fulfilment. The whole Correspondence, so far as it is known to exist, is here printed, with the exception of a few notes of introduction, and one or two essentially duplicate letters. I cannot but hope that some of the letters now missing may hereafter come to light.

In printing, a dash has been substituted here and there for a proper name, and some passages, mostly relating to details of business transactions, have been omitted. These omissions are distinctly designated. The punctuation and orthography of the original letters have been in the main exactly followed. I have thought best to print much concerning dealings with publishers, as illustrative of the material conditions of literature during the middle of the century, as well as of the relations of the two friends. The notes in the two volumes are mine.

My best thanks and those of the readers of this Correspondence are due to Mr... Continue reading book >>

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