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"You Are the Book's Book": Robert Richardson's Emersonian Workshop

"You Are the Book's Book": Robert Richardson's Emersonian Workshop First We Read, Then We Write: Emerson on the Creative Process. By Robert D. Richardson. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2009. Sean Ross Meehan Ralph Waldo Emerson (2001: 60) practiced what he called, thinking of the scholar’s use of books, “creative reading.” Within the last thirty years, one of the most attentive followers of Emerson’s scholastically creative reading has been Robert D. Richardson. Richardson’s intellectual biography, Emerson: The Mind on Fire (1995), is demonstrably Emersonian in the ways the biographer remains on the lookout for all we can learn from this writer’s reading of the world. Richardson’s biographical study furthers a critical reassessment of Emerson, advanced since the 1970s by scholars such as Joel Porte (2001) and Richard Poirier (1987), where Emerson is recovered from dismissal as genteel philosopher of mere romanticism and returned to the domain of the writer and rhetorician: in Joel Porte’s (2001: 684) phrasing, we return to Emerson’s “imaginative materials and structures of his writing . . . the remarkable consistencies of his conceiving mind and executing hand.” In his most recent book, First We Read, Then We Write: Emerson on the Creative Process (2009), Richardson returns to the subject of Emerson’s “executing http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture Duke University Press

"You Are the Book's Book": Robert Richardson's Emersonian Workshop

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Duke University Press
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Copyright 2011 by Duke University Press
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1531-4200
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First We Read, Then We Write: Emerson on the Creative Process. By Robert D. Richardson. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2009. Sean Ross Meehan Ralph Waldo Emerson (2001: 60) practiced what he called, thinking of the scholar’s use of books, “creative reading.” Within the last thirty years, one of the most attentive followers of Emerson’s scholastically creative reading has been Robert D. Richardson. Richardson’s intellectual biography, Emerson: The Mind on Fire (1995), is demonstrably Emersonian in the ways the biographer remains on the lookout for all we can learn from this writer’s reading of the world. Richardson’s biographical study furthers a critical reassessment of Emerson, advanced since the 1970s by scholars such as Joel Porte (2001) and Richard Poirier (1987), where Emerson is recovered from dismissal as genteel philosopher of mere romanticism and returned to the domain of the writer and rhetorician: in Joel Porte’s (2001: 684) phrasing, we return to Emerson’s “imaginative materials and structures of his writing . . . the remarkable consistencies of his conceiving mind and executing hand.” In his most recent book, First We Read, Then We Write: Emerson on the Creative Process (2009), Richardson returns to the subject of Emerson’s “executing

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Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and CultureDuke University Press

Published: Jan 1, 2011

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