Emerson and Thoreau

Figures of Friendship

Edited by John T. Lysaker and William Rossi

Contributions by Lawrence Buell, Barbara Packer, David M. Robinson, Russell B. Goodman, Alan D. Hodder, James Crosswhite and Naoko Saito

Published by: Indiana University Press

222 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.00 in

  • Paperback
  • 9780253221438
  • Published: January 2010


This lively volume explores the theme of friendship in the lives and works of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. Written from diverse perspectives, the essays offer close readings of selected texts and draw on letters and journals to offer a comprehensive view of how Emerson's and Thoreau's friendships took root and bolstered their individual political, social, and ethical projects. This collection explores how Emerson and Thoreau, in their own ways, conceived of friendship as the creation of shared meaning in light of personal differences, tragedy and loss, and changing life circumstances. Emerson and Thoreau presents important reflections on the role of friendship in the lives of individuals and in global culture.