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Emerson's ProtégésMentoring and Marketing Transcendentalism's Future$
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David Dowling

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300197440

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300197440.001.0001

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4 Samuel Gray Ward: A Financier's Aesthetic

4 Samuel Gray Ward: A Financier's Aesthetic

(p.136) 4 Samuel Gray Ward: A Financier's Aesthetic
Emerson's Protégés

David Dowling

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on Ralph Waldo Emerson's mentorship of aristocratic Boston banker and art critic Samuel Gray Ward. It considers how Ward filled Emerson's need for an art critic in his journal, the Dial. Before analyzing the relationship between Ward and Emerson, the chapter examines Ward's decision to marry wealthy socialite Anna Barker rather than Margaret Fuller, and how that marriage was perceived by many as a defection from the transcendentalist movement. It then turns to the reaction of Emerson and Elizabeth Peabody to the Ward-Barker union before concluding with a discussion of Ward's writings on art criticism and history.

Keywords:   mentorship, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Samuel Gray Ward, Dial, Anna Barker, Margaret Fuller, marriage, transcendentalist movement, Elizabeth Peabody, art criticism

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