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(p. xi) Contributors

(p. xi) Contributors

Elizabeth Addison is associate professor and department head of English at Western Carolina University, where she teaches American and Asian literature. She began her study of Emerson and Quakerism at Duke University and continues to develop that work. Her essays have appeared in Studies in the American Renaissance, ESQ, and Early American Nature Writers.

Noelle A. Baker is an independent scholar and editorial consultant for the Princeton edition of Henry D. Thoreau's Writings. Her publications and research focus on Transcendentalism, women's writing, and manuscript culture. With Sandra Harbert Petrulionis and in collaboration with the Brown University Women Writers Project, she is currently editing The Almanacks of Mary Moody Emerson: A Scholarly Digital Edition.

Susan Belasco is professor of English and women's and gender studies at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. The author of numerous articles on nineteenth-century American literature and culture, she is the editor of Stowe in Her Own Time and the coeditor of Periodical Literature in Nineteenth-Century America, Leaves of Grass: The Sesquicentennial Essays, and the Bedford Anthology of American Literature.

Joshua David Bellin is associate professor of English at La Roche College. His books include The Demon of the Continent: Indians and the Shaping of American Literature (2001) and Medicine Bundle: Indian Sacred Performance and American Literature, 1824–1932 (2008). His essay on Thoreau and Indian performance won the inaugural Herbert Ross Brown Prize in New England Literary History from the New England Quarterly, and his essay on Thoreau's Indian Books is featured in the 2008 Concord Saunterer: A Journal of Thoreau Studies. Works in press include a coedited collection of essays on Indian performance in early North America.

Ronald A. Bosco is Distinguished Professor of English and American Literature and Distinguished Service Professor at the University at Albany, State University of New York, where he has taught since 1975; an editor of the Emerson Family Papers at the Houghton Library of Harvard University since 1977, he is the general editor of The Collected Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson series published by Harvard University Press. A past president of the Ralph Waldo Emerson Society, the Thoreau Society, and the Association for Documentary Editing, Bosco has published extensively (p. xii) on Puritan American homiletics and poetics and on Concord's Transcendentalist circle. Among his recent books are Nature's Panorama: Thoreau on the Seasons (2005); The Emerson Brothers: A Fraternal Biography in Letters (Oxford, 2006), authored with Joel Myerson; Hawthorne in His Own Time (2007), edited with Jill Murphy; and Emerson's Society and Solitude (1870), vol. 7 of the Harvard edition of the Collected Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson (2007), edited with the late Douglas Emory Wilson.

Lawrence Buell is Powell M. Cabot Professor of American Literature at Harvard University. His books include Literary Transcendentalism (1973), New England Literary Culture (1986), The Environmental Imagination: Thoreau, Nature Writing, and the Formation of American Culture (1995), and Emerson (2003). He was the 2007 recipient of the Modern Language Association's Jay Hubbell Award for lifetime contributions to American literature studies.

Robert E. Burkholder is associate professor of English at the Pennsylvania State University–University Park. He is a member of the board of editors of the Collected Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson and founder of the Penn State Adventure Literature Series, a group of experience-based courses that takes literature students into the backcountry.

Philip Cafaro is associate professor of philosophy at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. A former ranger with the U.S. National Park Service, his main interests are environmental ethics, ethical theory, and wild lands preservation. He is the author of Thoreau's Living Ethics: Walden and the Pursuit of Virtue (2004) and coeditor of the anthology Environmental Virtue Ethics (2005). He has published articles in Environmental Ethics, Journal of Social Philosophy, Philosophy Today, and BioScience, as well as in the Encyclopedia of Biodiversity and the Encyclopedia of World Environmental History. Active in local politics, he helps elect progressive candidates and pass citizen initiatives to fund the protection of natural areas in northern Colorado.

Phyllis Cole is the author of numerous articles on Fuller, Emerson, and gender relations in the culture of Transcendentalism. Her book Mary Moody Emerson and the Origins of Transcendentalism: A Family History (Oxford, 1998) was named finalist for the MLA's James Russell Lowell Prize. She is currently coediting a special issue of ESQ on women and Transcendentalism, as well as researching a book tentatively titled The Afterlife of Margaret Fuller. She is professor of English, women's studies, and American studies at the Pennsylvania State University–Brandywine.

Sterling F. Delano is professor emeritus of American Literature at Villanova University. He is the author of Brook Farm: The Dark Side of Utopia; The Harbinger and New England Transcendentalism; and numerous articles having to do with Transcendentalism and the Transcendentalists. He is currently codirecting an NEH (p. xiii) “Landmarks of American History and Culture” program on “Concord, Massachusetts: A Centre of Transcendentalism and Social Action in the 19th Century.”

Amy E. Earhart is assistant professor of English at Texas A&M University. Her research interests include digital humanities, constructions of race, and nineteenth-century American literature and culture. She is the project director and editor of The 19th-Century Concord Digital Archive, and her work has appeared in Reinventing the Peabody Sisters (2006), American Transcendental Quarterly, and Resources for American Literary Study. She is coeditor of the forthcoming The American Literature Scholar in the Digital Age and is at work on a monograph titled “Traces of the Old, Uses of the New: The Emergence of the Digital Humanities.”

Ed Folsom is the editor of the Walt Whitman Quarterly Review, codirector of the Whitman Archive (, and editor of the Whitman series at the University of Iowa Press. The Roy J. Carver Professor of English at the University of Iowa, he is the author or editor of numerous books and essays on Whitman and other American writers. He recently concluded a Guggenheim Fellowship, working on his biography of Leaves of Grass.

Len Gougeon is a distinguished university fellow and professor of American literature at the University of Scranton. A past president of the Ralph Waldo Emerson Society, he is the author of Virtue's Hero: Emerson, Antislavery, and Reform (1990) and coeditor (with Joel Myerson) of Emerson's Antislavery Writings (1995, 2001). His most recent book is Emerson & Eros: The Making of a Cultural Hero (2007). He was the 2008 recipient of the Ralph Waldo Emerson Society's Distinguished Achievement Award and is currently at work on a study of the Civil War's political and cultural impact on relations between New England and British writers.

Robin Grey, associate professor of English at the University of Illinois–Chicago, has published two books: The Complicity of Imagination: The American Renaissance, Contests of Authority, and Seventeenth-Century English Culture (1997) and Melville and Milton: An Edition and Analysis of Melville's Annotations on Milton (2004). Her current book project, “Antebellum Alternative Histories of the Civil War,” explores a new and previously unexamined category within American literature, one in which nineteenth-century authors imaginatively anticipated the Civil War as early as thirty years before it actually occurred. The Southern novels at the core of this study devise striking literary representations of alternative futures that differ dramatically from the Civil War that ultimately transpired.

Dean Grodzins is a visiting scholar at the Massachusetts Historical Society and former associate professor of history at Meadville Lombard Theological School. He is the author of American Heretic: Theodore Parker and Transcendentalism and, from 1994 to 2009, was the editor of the Journal of Unitarian Universalist History.

Philip F. Gura is the William S. Newman Distinguished Professor of American Literature and Culture at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he holds appointments in the departments of English and religious studies and in the curriculum in American studies. He is the author or editor of nine books, including The Wisdom of Words: Language, Theology, and Literature in the New England Renaissance; A Glimpse of Sion's Glory: Puritan Radicalism in New England, 1620– 1660; the prize-winning America's Instrument: The Banjo in the Nineteenth Century (with coauthor James F. Bollman); Jonathan Edwards: America's Evangelical; and American Transcendentalism: A History, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He is an elected member of the Society of American Historians and was recently named distinguished scholar by the MLA's division on American literature to 1800. He serves as an editor of the Norton Anthology of American Literature.

Robert D. Habich is professor of English at Ball State University and secretary/treasurer of the Ralph Waldo Emerson Society. In addition to articles on Emerson, Fuller, Franklin, Southwestern humor, and Transcendentalist periodicals, he has published Transcendentalism and the Western Messenger (1985) and the edited collection Lives Out of Letters: Essays on American Literary Biography and Documentation, in Honor of Robert N. Hudspeth (2004). He is currently working on a book about Emerson's early biographers, a research guide to American Romantic literature, and a study of the construction of author reputation by the nineteenth-century “literary tourism” movement.

Alan Hodder has written extensively on the religious dimensions of American Transcendentalism and is the author, most recently, of Thoreau's Ecstatic Witness (2001). He teaches the history of religion and American literature at Hampshire College.

Robert N. Hudspeth is a research professor of English at the Claremont Graduate University. He edited The Letters of Margaret Fuller, and he is the editor of the forthcoming Correspondence of Henry D. Thoreau for the ongoing Writings of Henry D. Thoreau.

Linck Johnson is the Charles A. Dana Professor of English at Colgate University. He is the author of Thoreau's Complex Weave: The Writing of A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers, with the Text of the First Draft; the historical introduction to A Week in the Princeton edition of the Writings of Henry D. Thoreau; and numerous articles and essays on Emerson, Thoreau, and antebellum reform. He is a member of the editorial board of the Collected Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson and the coeditor of the Bedford Anthology of American Literature.

Richard Kopley, professor of English at Penn State DuBois, is the author of The Threads of The Scarlet Letter (2003) and Edgar Allan Poe and the Dupin Mysteries (2008). He is also the editor of Poe's Pym: Critical Explorations (1992), Prospects for (p. xv) the Study of American Literature (1997), and Poe's Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym (1999). He coedits the annual Resources for American Literary Study and has coedited the forthcoming second volume of Prospects for the Study of American Literature. Former president of the Poe Studies Association, Kopley is current president of the Nathaniel Hawthorne Society.

Kent P. Ljungquist, professor of English at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, is the author of The Grand and the Fair, coeditor of J. F. Cooper's Deerslayer, and the contributor of articles and reviews to scholarly journals in the field of nineteenth-century American literature.

W. Barksdale Maynard is a lecturer in the School of Architecture and the Princeton Environmental Institute at Princeton University. He is the author of Architecture in the United States, 1800–1850 (2002), Walden Pond: A History (Oxford, 2004), Buildings of Delaware in the Buildings of the United States series (2008), and Woodrow Wilson: Princeton to the Presidency (2008). He lives in Wilmington, Delaware.

Sean Ross Meehan is assistant professor of English at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland. He is the author of Mediating American Autobiography: Photography in Emerson, Thoreau, Douglass, and Whitman (2008).

Saundra Morris is professor of English and fellow of the Social Justice Residential College at Bucknell University. She is coeditor (with Joel Porte) of the Norton Critical Edition of Emerson's Prose and Poetry and The Cambridge Companion to Ralph Waldo Emerson and has published essays in these and other venues. She is also a recipient of a number of teaching awards, including the Bucknell Presidential Award for Teaching Excellence. She is currently working on a book on Emerson's poetry.

Wesley T. Mott is professor of English at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, editor of Emerson Society Papers, and president of the Emerson Society. The author of “The Strains of Eloquence”: Emerson and His Sermons, he edited volume 4 of The Complete Sermons of Ralph Waldo Emerson, as well as several reference works on New England Transcendentalism and antebellum literature. Presently an editor of the Journal in the Princeton Thoreau edition, he is a recipient of the Ralph Waldo Emerson Society's Distinguished Achievement Award and the Thoreau Society's Walter Harding Distinguished Service Award.

Joel Myerson, Carolina Distinguished Professor of American Literature, Emeritus, at the University of South Carolina, has published more than fifty books and one hundred notes and articles on the American Renaissance, including The New England Transcendentalists and the Dial: A History of the Magazine and Its Contributors (1980), Critical Essays on American Transcendentalism (with coeditor Philip F. Gura, 1982), The Transcendentalists: A Review of Research and Criticism (ed., 1984), and Transcendentalism: A Reader (ed., Oxford, 2000) and has edited the annual Studies (p. xvi) in the American Renaissance (1977–96). With Ronald A. Bosco he has edited The Later Lectures of Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1843–1871 (2 vols., 2001) and written The Emerson Brothers: A Fraternal Biography in Letters (Oxford, 2006). He is currently textual editor of the Harvard edition of Emerson's Collected Works.

Lance Newman is associate professor of English at Westminster College of Salt Lake City. He is the author of Our Common Dwelling: Henry Thoreau, Transcendentalism, and the Class Politics of Nature (2005), Transatlantic Romanticism: An Anthology of American, British, and Canadian Literature, 1767–1867 (2006), and Sullen Fires across the Atlantic: Essays in Transatlantic Romanticism (2006).

Barbara L. Packer is professor of English at the University of California–Los Angeles. She is the author of Emerson's Fall and two chapters for The Cambridge History of American Literature, one of which has been published separately as The Transcendentalists (2007). She wrote the historical introduction to The Conduct of Life, vol. 6 of The Collected Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson. She has published articles on Transcendentalism and on American poetry.

Sandra Harbert Petrulionis is professor of English and American studies at Pennsylvania State University–Altoona. She is the author of To Set This World Right: The Antislavery Movement in Thoreau's Concord (2006) and is the editor of Journal 8: 1854 in the Princeton series of Thoreau's writings. With Laura Dassow Walls, she coedited More Day to Dawn: Thoreau's Walden for the Twenty-first Century (2007). With Noelle Baker, she is currently at work on a digital edition of the Almanacks of Mary Moody Emerson.

Lawrence F. Rhu holds the William Joseph Todd Chair in the Italian Renaissance at the University of South Carolina, where he is professor of English and comparative literature. He has written two books, The Genesis of Tasso's Narrative Theory (1993) and Stanley Cavell's American Dream (2006), and numerous articles on Renaissance literature, mainly on narrative poetry and poetics from Ariosto to Milton. He is currently translating The Book of the Courtier by Baldassar Castiglione and writing an essay on the American novelist Richard Ford. His edition of The Winter's Tale is forthcoming.

Todd H. Richardson is assistant professor of English at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin, where he teaches American literature. His work has appeared in journals such as the New England Quarterly, Walt Whitman Quarterly Review, and Resources for American Literary Study. Currently he is at work on a book project on Emerson and the construction of celebrity in nineteenth-century reform communities. He serves as program chair for the Ralph Waldo Emerson Society.

Susan L. Roberson is chair and professor of English at Texas A&M University–Kingsville. She is the author of Emerson in His Sermons: A Man-Made Self and editor (p. xvii) of Women, America, and Movement: Narratives of Relocation, as well as Defining Travel: Diverse Visions. Her current project focuses on women's mobilities in antebellum America.

David M. Robinson is distinguished professor of American literature and director of the Centre for the Humanities at Oregon State University. He is author of Emerson and the Conduct of Life (2003) and Natural Life: Thoreau's Worldly Transcendentalism (2004). Since 1988 he has written the annual review of scholarly work in the field of Transcendentalism for American Literary Scholarship. In the works is a study of Margaret Fuller and the Transcendentalist movement, “Her Radiant Genius”: Margaret Fuller and the Transcendental Ethos.

William Rossi teaches American literature and environmental humanities at the University of Oregon, where he is associate professor and director of undergraduate studies in English. His other essays on Transcendentalist writers and nineteenth-century evolutionary theory include “Emerson, Nature, and Natural Science” in the Historical Guide to Ralph Waldo Emerson (Oxford, 2000) and “Following Thoreau's Instincts” in More Day to Dawn: Thoreau's Walden for the Twenty-first Century (2007). He is editor, most recently, of the Norton Critical Edition of Walden, Civil Disobedience, and Other Writings (2008).

Ora Frishberg Saloman received her PhD in historical musicology from Columbia University. She is currently professor of music at Baruch College and Graduate Centre of the City University of New York. Frishberg Saloman is the author of Beethoven's Symphonies and J. S. Dwight: The Birth of American Music Criticism, written with the support of a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship. Her forthcoming book is Listening Well: On Beethoven, Berlioz, and Other Music Criticism in Paris, Boston, and New York, 1764–1890 (2009). Her articles have been widely published in national and international journals of music.

Robert Sattelmeyer is regents' professor of English and director of the Honors Program at Georgia State University. In addition to studies of Thoreau, Emerson, Melville, and Mark Twain, he has edited or coedited a number of volumes of Thoreau's Journal for the Princeton University Press scholarly edition of his writings and recently coedited American History through Literature (2006).

Robert J. Scholnick, professor of English and American studies at William and Mary, has recently published several essays that explore transatlantic cooperation and conflict in the antebellum period: “Emancipation and the Atlantic Triangle: John Bigelow's Jamaica in 1850,” the introduction to a 2006 reprint of Bigelow's antislavery travel book; “ ‘The Man (and Woman) at the Other End of the Lever’: Douglass, Stowe, and the Perils and Promise of Living in a Global Village” in Resources for American Literary Study; and “ ‘The Power of Steam’: Antislavery and Reform in Britain and America” in the forthcoming Connected by Books.

Mary Lamb Shelden is assistant professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, where she teaches the Freshman Seminar and American literature. She is founding secretary for the Louisa May Alcott Society and is a contributor to The Louisa May Alcott Encyclopedia (2001) and The Greenwood Encyclopedia of African American Literature (2005) and has also written an entry on Annie Proulx for the Dictionary of Literary Biography (2009).

Frank Shuffelton is the author of Thomas Hooker, 1586–1647, two annotated critical bibliographies of writings about Thomas Jefferson, and numerous articles and edited volumes on early American and nineteenth-century American literature. He is the director of the Chesham Institute for Research in the Humanities.

Jeffrey Steele is the Sally Mead Hands Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He is the author of The Representation of the Self in the American Renaissance, The Essential Margaret Fuller (an edited and annotated anthology), and Transfiguring America: Myth, Ideology, and Mourning in Margaret Fuller's Writing. Among his articles are essays on Emerson, Whitman, Fuller, and Douglass. His current research project, “Writing the City: Antebellum New York Authors and Spatial Theory,” explores the ways in which writers represented a new American phenomenon—the metropolis.

K. P. Van Anglen teaches English at Boston University. Author of The New England Milton: Literary Reception and Cultural Authority in the Early Republic (1993), he has also edited Translations (1986) in the Princeton University Press edition of Thoreau's writings and “Simplify, Simplify” and Other Quotations from Henry David Thoreau (1996) and coedited Environment: An Interdisciplinary Anthology (2008).

Albert J. von Frank is professor emeritus of English at Washington State University. He is the coeditor of The Poetry Notebooks of Ralph Waldo Emerson, general editor of the four-volume Complete Sermons of Ralph Waldo Emerson, and is currently editing (with Thomas Wortham) volume 9 of The Collected Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Poems. He is the author of The Sacred Game: Provincialism and Frontier Consciousness in American Literature, 1630–1860 (1985), An Emerson Chronology (1994), and The Trials of Anthony Burns: Freedom and Slavery in Emerson's Boston (1998). He was for many years editor of ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance.

Laura Dassow Walls is the John H. Bennett Jr. Chair of Southern Letters at the University of South Carolina, where she teaches American literature with an emphasis on the Transcendentalists and on transatlantic literature and natural science. She has articles in American Quarterly, Configurations, ISLE, and several book collections, and her books include Seeing New Worlds: Henry David Thoreau and Nineteenth-Century Natural Science (1995); Emerson's Life in Science: The Culture of Truth (2003); and most recently, The Passage to Cosmos: Alexander von Humboldt (p. xix) and the Shaping of America (2009). With Sandra Harbert Petrulionis, she coedited More Day to Dawn: Thoreau's Walden for the Twenty-first Century (2007).

Eric G. Wilson is Thomas H. Pritchard Professor of English at Wake Forest University, where he teaches British and American Romanticism. He has published numerous books and articles on Transcendentalist aesthetics, including The Spiritual History of Ice, Romantic Turbulence, and Emerson's Sublime Science. He has recently turned his interest in Romantic aesthetics into two studies of ironic cinematic form: The Strange World of David Lynch and Secret Cinema. He is currently researching relationships between Romantic melancholy and contemporary American culture. So far, this research has produced one book, Against Happiness, an LA Times bestseller.

Leslie Perrin Wilson has been curator of the William Munroe Special Collections at the Concord (Massachusetts) Free Public Library since 1996. A 1975 graduate of Wellesley College, she earned master's degrees in the library and information science and English programs at Simmons College in Boston. She writes on local historical, literary, and other topics and currently serves as editor of the Thoreau Society Bulletin. Her book In History's Embrace appeared in 2007.

Mary Saracino Zboray is visiting scholar in communication at the University of Pittsburgh. With Ronald J. Zboray, she coauthored A Handbook for the Study of Book History in the United States (2000), Literary Dollars and Social Sense: A People's History of the Mass Market Book (2005), and Everyday Ideas: Socioliterary Experience among Antebellum New Englanders (2006), as well as twenty articles and essays, including “Transcendentalism in Print: Production, Dissemination, and Common Reception,” in Transient and Permanent: The Transcendentalist Movement and Its Contexts (1999).

Ronald J. Zboray is director of graduate studies and professor of communication, women's studies, and cultural studies at the University of Pittsburgh. He is author of A Fictive People: Antebellum Economic Development and the American Reading Public (1993), coeditor of the Emma Goldman Papers Microfilm Edition (1990), and, with Mary Saracino Zboray, A Handbook for the Study of Book History in the United States (2000), Literary Dollars and Social Sense: A People's History of the Mass Market Book (2005), and Everyday Ideas: Socioliterary Experience among Antebellum New Englanders (2006).

Michael Ziser is assistant professor in the English department and the Program in Nature and Culture at the University of California–Davis. His current work considers Emerson's relationship to John Brown in the light of recent theories of terrorism and postsecularism.

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