Cover, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Prelude

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pp. ix-xvi

Writing beyond Prophecy begins with a relic, preserved thanks to my colleague Douglas Bruster, and still relevant thanks to a blind spot that literary studies of the “American Renaissance” are only just beginning to rectify: “A Monument to Melville,” in the form of a Times Literary Supplement review essay, ...

Abbreviations

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pp. xvii-xviii

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Chapter 1. Writing after the Minister

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pp. 1-19

Commenting on Emerson’s early nineteenth-century America, Quentin Anderson remarks, “It was as if the primal inquiry on the part of each developing consciousness was shifting from some such question as ‘What role shall I be given?’ to another, ‘What world am I to possess?’” (4). ...

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Chapter 2. Emerson’s Call to Worship

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pp. 20-80

The year after resigning from his pastorship, Emerson records this solitary observation of the Sabbath: “I kept Sunday with Milton & a Presbyterian magazine. Milton says, ‘if ever any was ravished with moral beauty, he [Milton] is the man.’” Reflecting upon Milton’s pious boast, Emerson cannot refrain from adding, ...

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Chapter 3. Hawthorne’s Sermon

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pp. 81-126

Hawthorne’s career as a preacher was somewhat shorter than Emerson’s; understandably, the collected sermons of Nathaniel Hawthorne have received considerably less critical attention. Of course, depending upon how broadly one might define the “sermon” genre, Hawthorne’s sermonic output might be deemed quite substantial. ...

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Chapter 4. Melville’s Benediction

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pp. 127-178

Annotating his copy of The Conduct of Life (1860), Melville notices that Emerson “jumps into the pulpit, from off the tripod here.”1 As noted at the beginning of the chapter on Emerson, Melville’s marginal comment sheds light on a general movement of Emerson’s career around the time that he was composing the lectures that became Conduct, ...

Notes

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pp. 179-224

Bibliography

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pp. 225-246

Index

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pp. 247-259