My Friend, My Friend

My Friend, My Friend

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An account of the intense, shifting friendship between Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson. Harmon Smith emphasizes their personal bond, but also shows how the relationship affected their thought and writing, and was in turn influenced by their careers.The tension at the heart of Thoreaua#39;s comments is the same as in Emersona#39;s essay a€” that between concrete experience and transcendental ideality. ... When Thoreau attempted to return to the discourse where Emerson had left it, it was as if he was talking to his friend but not to the larger world ... Thoreau then proceeded to cite an example of behavior on his part that seemed to have weighed on his mindanbsp;...

Title:My Friend, My Friend
Author: Harmon Smith
Publisher:Univ of Massachusetts Press - 2001-03-01

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