"Immortality." Holograph essay/lecture, draft, unsigned, undated
NamesEmerson, Ralph Waldo, 1803-1882 (Author)Norton, Charles Eliot, 1827-1908 (Owner)Forbes, Edith Emerson 1841 - 1929 (Owner)
Ralph Waldo Emerson collection of papers
Series I: Manuscripts
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1872 (Approximate)
Library locationsHenry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American LiteratureShelf locator: Berg Coll MSS EmersonShelf locator: Immortality -- Original Manuscript -- Ralph Waldo Emerson +
TopicsIntellectuals -- United States
NotesFunding: Digitization was made possible by a lead gift from The Polonsky Foundation.Content: Part of text for lecture delivered in 1870s; remaining leaves in Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.For relationship between lecture materials (formed by Berg and Houghton leaves) and published essay, as edited by Ellen Tucker Emerson and James Elliot Cabot, see Glen M. Johnson, "Emerson's Essay 'Immortality': The Problem of Authorship," American Literature, v. 56, no. 3 (Oct. 1984), 313-330.Ownership: Owen D. YoungPublications: Letters and Social Aims (Boston: James R. Osgood, 1875).Citation/reference: The Collected Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson, vol. 8, Letters and Social Aims, ed. Ronald A. Bosco, Glen M. Johnson and Joel Myerson (Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press, 2010), 178-194.
Physical DescriptionExtent: 104 leaves[104 leaves within wrapper, 163 written pages]. 40 double leaves and 64 single leaves, some held together with thread. Some double leaves enclose sections of text. Enclosed within parchment folder; within suede leather pouch, tooled with "Charles Eliot Norton"; within tooled leather box, with color portrait of RWE on inside cover. Accompanied by ALS from RWE to A. T. Goodman, Mar. 1, 1866, 1 leaf. Accompanied by ALS from Edith Emerson Forbes to Charles Eliot Norton, May 15, 1890, 1 double leaf [3 written pages], with envelope, presenting the manuscript.
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IdentifiersNYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19738382MSS Unit ID: 22322Other local Identifier: 4883297Other local Identifier: 361fa480-2ddb-0130-6ca6-58d385a7bbd0Other local Identifier: Berg Coll MSS Emerson +Archives EAD ID: 945936Accession number: 122905BUniversal Unique Identifier (UUID): 3158b030-091a-013a-772c-0242ac110004
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