This the second in a three-volume edition that brings twelve of Emerson's topical notebooks and four other notebooks into print for the first time. These notebooks were Emerson's repositories for anecdotes, quotations, reminiscences, drafts of his poems, outlines for lectures, and observations on everything from daily life to cultural and philosohical issues. Among the main features of the five notebooks in this volume, ""Orientalist"" ,in particular, provides an opportunity to study Emerson's adaptation of Eastern thought. In his introduction, Bosco discusses how Emerson's method in compiling ""Orientalist"", and the other notebooks collected here ,is integral to his belief in the transcendental character of nature and fate. Detailed annotations describe and comment on erased or revised passages, translate Greek or Latin quotations and identify other words mentioned in the notebooks. References to similar passages in Emerson's published and unpublished writings are also provided. In addition, there is an index provided by the editors as well as an appendix with Emerson's own index to his notebooks.
Ronald A. Bosco is Professor of English at the State University of New York at Albany. Among the books he has edited are volume 16 of The Journals and Miscellaneous Notebooks of Ralph Waldo Emerson, the four volumes of The Puritan Sermon in America, and volume 3 of The Complete Sermons of Ralph Waldo Emerson.Ralph H. Orth is Professor of English at the University of Vermont. He has edited three volumes of The Journals and Miscellaneous Notebooks of Ralph Waldo Emerson and was chief editor of The Poetry Notebooks of Ralph Waldo Emerson.