Cover

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Title Page, Copyright Page

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Contents

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pp. xi-xii

Calendar of Documents

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pp. xiii-xxii

List of Editorial Headnotes

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p. xxiii

List of Maps

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p. xxiv

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Preface

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pp. xxv-xxxi

The years 1885 to 1887 were transformative in Edison’s life and work, as his career branched out into diversified fields and he married for a second time. On the inventive side, for the first time since 1878, he no longer focused almost wholly upon electric lighting. He began 1885 continuing his research on long- distance telephony for the...

Chronology of Thomas A. Edison, January 1885–December 1887

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pp. xxxii-xxxvi

Editorial Policy and User’s Guide

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pp. xxxvii-xliii

Editorial Symbols

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p. xliv

List of Abbreviations

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p. xlv

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1 January–June 1885: (Docs. 2770–2819)

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pp. 3-147

Edison entered the new year with his inventive career in something of a lull. He had returned in the fall to work on telephone technologies, following his decision to leave the electric lighting business the previous summer. However, he found the American Bell Telephone Company, which he had hoped would sponsor his experiments, reluctant...

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2 July–December 1885: (Docs. 2820–2881)

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pp. 148-304

The months of July and August were unusual ones in Edison’s adult life. Leisure trumped work, although he pursued it with a similar intensity, and even an incomplete account of his activities reads like an itinerary. Accompanied by his daughter Marion, Edison returned to the Massachusetts hospitality of Ezra and Lillian Gilliland about...

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3 January–April 1886: (Docs. 2882–2946)

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pp. 305-524

Edison spent more of the winter and early spring away from his New York home, shops, and offices than at them. When he returned to the region in early May, it was as a newly remarried man and the owner of a country estate in suburban Llewellyn Park, New Jersey. During this interregnum, he attended to the details of refashioning his...

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4 May–September 1886: (Docs. 2947–2989)

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pp. 525-601

Edison and his bride Mina returned from their Florida honeymoon about 4 May after a stopover with her family in Akron, Ohio. When they reached New Jersey, they took up residence in the large furnished home he had purchased in suburban Llewellyn Park. Like the honeymoon itself...

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5 October–December 1886: (Docs. 2990–3021)

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pp. 602-666

Having spent much of the summer and early fall working to improve his electric lamps, Edison was now forced by circumstances to begin facing a fundamental flaw inherent in his light and power system. The laws of physics governing relationships among voltage, current, and waste heat...

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6 January–May 1887: (Docs. 3022–3053)

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pp. 667-734

An illness that afflicted Edison in late December continued into the start of the new year, when he seems to have developed a severe lung infection, most often labeled pleurisy but also described as pneumonia. Confined to his bed for most of January, it was only near the end of the month that he was able to sit up for much of the day and come to the...

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7 June–September 1887: (Docs. 3054–3095)

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pp. 735-818

Glenmont, the Edisons’ home, was a hub of social activity in the early summer, as Edison and Mina hosted her parents during the first week of June.1 By this time, Mina was entering the later stages of pregnancy and had been busy fixing up a room for the baby. Her sister Jane, on an extended tour of Europe, was preparing to send a special crib from...

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8 October–December 1887 (Docs. 3096–3127)

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pp. 819-896

As his family receded into the background, Edison spent most of the fall focused on getting his new phonograph in shape for manufacturing and readying his new laboratory for experimental work. He also continued his efforts to meet the challenge coming from the alternating current...

Appendix 1. Edison’s Autobiographical Notes

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pp. 897-903

Appendix 2. Edison’s Patent Applications, 1885–1887

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pp. 904-914

Bibliography

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pp. 915-950

Credits

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pp. 951-952

Index

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pp. 953-979