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By Len Gougeon

Traces the non secular, mental, and highbrow evolution of 1 of America’s most vital cultural figures.

This severe biography strains the religious, mental, and highbrow progress of 1 of America’s ideal oracles and prophets, Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882). starting together with his undergraduate occupation at Harvard and spanning the diversity of his grownup existence, the e-book examines the complicated, frequently painful emotional trip inward that will finally rework Emerson from an ordinary Unitarian minister into one of many century’s so much bold highbrow figures. through connecting Emerson’s internal existence together with his outer existence, Len Gougeon illustrates an almost seamless dating among Emerson’s Transcendental philosophy and his later profession as a social reformer, a insurgent who sought to “unsettle all issues” as a way to redeem his society.

In tracing the trail of Emerson’s evolution, Gougeon uses insights by way of Joseph Campbell, Erich Neumann, Mircea Eliade, and N. O. Brown. Like Emerson, all of those thinkers without delay skilled the fragmentation and dehumanization of the Western international, and all have been stimulated either at once and ultimately via Emerson and his philosophy. finally, this examine demonstrates how Emerson’s philosophy might turn into a significant strength of liberal reformation in American society, a strength whose impression is nonetheless felt today.

“A necessary contribution to Emersonian scholarship, this publication, in its attention of heroism by way of psychomythism, additionally offers considerate topic for the development of heroism within the modern era.” — The Year’s paintings in English Studies

“This booklet has a great undertaking, that is to rejoin Emerson the philosopher to Emerson the intuitive ‘visionary who feels in addition to thinks.’ … Gougeon’s certain readings are regularly compelling, and his arguments enticing and important.” — Emerson Society Papers

“…Gougeon deftly connects Emerson’s period to our personal, making him worthwhile and available to a brand new iteration of readers … Gougeon’s e-book is so good written, so basically grounded within the writers that attach us to Emerson, that it purely enlarges our engagement with the transcendentalist hero.” — The New England Quarterly

“…Emerson and Eros plumbs the depths a long way past the easy occasions in Emerson’s existence. scholars and scholar’s [sic] of Emerson’s vintage works will locate the meticulous dissection and reconstruction of Emerson’s intellectually formative impacts an eye-opening, considerate, and compelling assessment.” — Midwest e-book Review

“[E]ven readers whose wisdom of Emerson is rusty, or those that hardly ever be aware of greater than the identify, will take in [Gougeon’s] biography and his major rules with mind-blowing ease … i've got seldom encountered a pupil so steeped in his material—Mr. Gougeon has been learning Emerson for 30 years—and but so in a position to conveying that studying with an admirable lucidity ... input the biographer—or quite the biographical critic—as exact as he's passionate, evincing in his evocation of Emerson’s eros a deep feeling of his personal that renews the experience of his topic as our contemporary.” — Carl Rollyson, The New York Sun

“I’ve learn this ebook with substantial excitement; it's a compelling paintings of scholarship and religious exploration.” — Jay Parini, writer of Robert Frost: A lifestyles

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This return is subsequently followed by a rebirth into the world of a “new Adam,” a regenerated individual in whom head and heart, conscious and unconscious, are unified. For Campbell, this “monomythic” cycle of “separation, initiation, and return” appears both historically and mythically as the adventure of the hero and is a major archetype of individual psychological development. The hero becomes a rebel to the status quo, the established order of things, and manifests himself in historical time when the established world of reason and law, the current cultural paradigm, is no longer capable of satisfying the vital needs of humankind.

By the end of the nineteenth century, Henry Adams offered a compelling expression of the results of this ongoing process of destabilization in his classic, The Education of Henry Adams (1908, 1918). In this quasi-spiritual autobiography, written appropriately by a man who was by profession a historian and by avocation a writer, the protagonist looks out upon a world lurching toward chaos. Scientific discoveries had revealed new worlds of force previously unknown. ” The effects of such disturbing developments on modern consciousness were distressing.

12 Jung believed that the unconscious, the source of primal unity and a common human identity, held the key that could solve the problems of modernity. Unfortunately, by mid-century, in the aftermath of yet another world war, the situation had only gotten worse. Humankind seemed even less capable of communicating with the inner self as consciousness continued to evolve and dominate. The inward gaze that Jung spoke of was difficult to achieve when any connection between the inner and outer worlds was generally ignored or even denied.

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