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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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Conclusion Awaiting Ascent: Emerson's Dilemma

Conclusion Awaiting Ascent: Emerson's Dilemma

(p.261) Conclusion Awaiting Ascent: Emerson's Dilemma
Emerson's Protégés

David Dowling

Yale University Press

This concluding chapter focuses on Ralph Waldo Emerson's mentorship of an idealistic group of young talented writers such as Margaret Fuller, Henry David Thoreau, Christopher Pearse Cranch, Samuel Gray Ward, Ellery Channing, Jones Very, Charles King Newcomb, and Ellen Sturgis Hooper. It examines the protégés' acts of vocational rebellion that represented divergent approaches to transcendentalism and challenged and expanded Emerson's own philosophical and aesthetic principles. It also considers Hooper's poetic ode to Emerson in which she criticized the rampant materialism of the age and characterized Emerson as lacking in Dionysian passion. Finally, the chapter analyzes Emerson's pattern of patronage and investment in his apprentices.

Keywords:   mentorship, writers, Margaret Fuller, Ellen Sturgis Hooper, protégés, transcendentalism, materialism, patronage, apprentices, Ralph Waldo Emerson

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