Publisher: Cambridge and Boston: Various publishers and printers, 1839-1852.
Edition: First and second editions.
Condition: Detailed list upon request.
Book ID: 27541
Description7 volumes (6 pamphlets).
CommentsOn July 15, 1838, Ralph Waldo Emerson delivered his famous "Divinity School Address," his boldest statement to date on the Transcendentalist cause and the need to question religious tradition: “Let me admonish you, first of all, to go alone; to refuse the good models, even those which are sacred in the imagination of men, and dare to love God without mediator or veil.” Emerson's address was considered an attack on the traditional church, and it provoked numerous responses, none more biting and direct than that of Andrews Norton, the distinguished theologian at Harvard, who wrote that Emerson's address was an "incoherent rhapsody" and an "insult to religion" - Robert Richardson, Emerson, The Mind on Fire. This collection includes responses and counter responses from George Ripley and Richard Hildreth on behalf of Emerson, and Norton's replies. For his part, Emerson remained out of the fray. He was "dismayed and then appalled as the dispute rolled on . . . He refused to defend or explain himself," - Richardson.