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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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Charles King Newcomb: Emerson's Dark Apprentice

Charles King Newcomb: Emerson's Dark Apprentice

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Emerson's Protégés

David Dowling

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on Ralph Waldo Emerson's mentorship of poet Charles King Newcomb. Before analyzing Newcomb's poetry and his immersion into transcendentalism, it considers Emerson's attraction to Newcomb's Coleridgean aesthetics and mysticism, including his sense of hell and sin. It then examines Newcomb's “The Two Dolons” and concludes by describing the poet's stay at Brook Farm in West Roxbury, Massachusetts as an experiment in communal living.

Keywords:   mentorship, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Charles King Newcomb, transcendentalism, poetry, aesthetics, mysticism, Brook Farm, communal living

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