Founded on 29 December 1989, The Ralph Waldo Emerson Society, Inc. is dedicated to fostering scholarship on and appreciation of the life and writings of one of America’s greatest authors. The Society, which has about 200 members in eleven countries, publishes the biannual Emerson Society Papers (ESP), featuring original scholarly articles, current book reviews, notes and queries, an annual Emerson bibliography, abstracts of conference papers, reflections on “My Emerson,” and announcements of interest to Emersonians.
The Thoreau Society exists to stimulate interest in and foster education about Thoreau’s life, works, legacy and his place in his world and in ours, challenging all to live a deliberate, considered life.
The Melville Society is dedicated to the study and appreciation of the nineteenth-century American author Herman Melville. They publish the award-winning journal Leviathan and meet twice a year for fellowship and scholarly discourse at the annual conferences of the Modern Language Association and the American Literature Association.
Established in 1972 as a nonprofit, educational organization, the Poe Studies Association (PSA) supports the scholarly and informal exchange of information on the life, works, times, and influence of Edgar Allan Poe.
The Emily Dickinson International Society was incorporated in 1988 in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to promote, perpetuate, and enhance the study and appreciation of Emily Dickinson throughout the world.
The Walt Whitman Association is dedicated to preserving the memory of Walt Whitman and celebrating the life and works of America's "Great Poet of Democracy." Its mission is focused on fostering an appreciation for his life work, Leaves of Grass, and on interpreting his legacy through the preservation of his home in Camden, New Jersey.
At the end of the 18th century, a philosophical shift in idea and form occurred that shaped the basis for the Romantic era. This age was achieved self-consciously through theory and encompassed the arts and literature. It includes a plethora of styles that are today gathered together under the umbrella of Romanticism, but it also draws much from the preceding Neoclassicism. Romanticism is largely an intellectual movement that grew out of the lingering effects of the revolt against aristocratic rule that begin with the French Revolution. It includes the works of such greats as Jacques-Louis David, Frederic Edwin Church, Eug ne Delacroix, Winslow Homer, Victor Hugo, Francisco Goya, Thomas Cole, and William Blake. The Historical Dictionary of Romantic Art and Architecture provides an overview of Romanticism, focusing on its major artists, architects, stylistic subcategories, ideas, and historical framework of the late 18th century style. This is done through a chronology, an introductory essay, an extensive bibliography, and over 200 cross-referenced dictionary entries on famous artists, sculptors, architects, patrons, and other historical figures and events. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about Romanticism.
Transcendentalism, a movement of theological innovation and literary experimentation arising within New England Unitarianism in the 1830s and 1840s, significantly influenced American religion, literature, education, and political culture. This reference is the first comprehensive guide to the major philosophical concepts, themes, genres, periodicals, events, organizations and movements, and places associated with Transcendentalism in the United States. Significant classical, European, Asian, and native sources and influences are included, as are later transformations. This reference approaches the subject from a history-of-ideas perspective, embracing the inconsistencies and oddities as well as the powerful achievements of the Transcendentalists. With 145 entries by 70 expert contributors, this volume is the first comprehensive guide to the major philosophical concepts, themes, genres, periodicals, events, organizations and movements, and places associated with Transcendentalism in the United States. Significant classical, European, Asian, and native sources and influences are included, as are later manifestations and transformations. Aspects of the movement covered include religion, philosophy, literature, the arts, education, politics, science, and reform. The book features separate entry bibliographies, an extensive chronology, and a detailed index.
During the period of 1800 to 1850, critics and scholars speculated on the development of a literature of America's own, in light of the nation's newly won independence. Critics at this time were unanimous in the belief that literature should endorse and promote national social interests and purposes,' write John W. Rathbun and Monica M. Grecu in this DLB volume's foreword. And they viewed 'truth rather than aesthetic qualities as the final end of literature.' By the mid-19th century a generation of younger critics favored subjectivity, diversity and the 'dethronement of intellect,' according to Rathbun and Grecu in choosing the time span for this volume. Profiles represent the best-known and most influential critical voices of the period.43 entries include: George Bancroft, Orestes A. Brownson, William Cullen Bryant, William Dunlap, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Edward Everett, Sarah Margaret Fuller, Washington Irving, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Edgar Allan Poe, Therese Robinson.
This collection of critical and biographical articles covers hundreds of notable authors from the 17th century to the present day. Signed essays, 12-15 pages in length by noted scholars, provide thought-provoking insights into the lives, careers and works of American writers. Each Supplement covers approximately 20 additional authors.