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Consciousness and CultureEmerson and Thoreau Reviewed$
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Joel Porte

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780300104462

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300104462.001.0001

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Writing and Reading New Englandly

Writing and Reading New Englandly

(p.186) Thirteen Writing and Reading New Englandly
Consciousness and Culture

Joel Porte

Yale University Press

This chapter examines Richard Poirier's book Poetry and Pragmatism. It explains that the book focused on the healthy skepticism of Ralph Waldo Emerson's attitude toward language and the project of writing and the connection between Emerson and William James. It identifies a school of American writing committed to no orthodoxies, focusing on the tribe of Waldo which included mostly New England writers including Henry David Thoreau, Emily Dickinson, and John Dewey.

Keywords:   Poetry and Pragmatism, Richard Poirier, Ralph Waldo Emerson, language, William James, American writing, Henry David Thoreau, Emily Dickinson, John Dewey, New England

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