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University of South Carolina, Columbia (Columbia, SC 29208-0001)
Joel A. Myerson (Project Director: September 1999 to present)

The Correspondence of Charles Chauncy Emerson, Edward Bliss Emerson, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and William Emerson

To support an electronic edition of the fully annotated texts of 1,253 letters written by Ralph Waldo Emerison and his brothers.

This edition will present in electronic form the fully annotated texts of 1,253 letters, amounting to more than half a million words. It will be coded to allow for many points of retrieval for those letters which, often composed as "round-robin" exchanges among and between the brothers, document a formidable 19th-century fraternal relationship; complement Waldo's accounts of his intellectual development, his comments on the major events and public concerns of his day, and his remarks on family history found in his letters, journals, and notebooks; and complete an extraordinary archaeology of intellectual and personal influences circulating within the Emerson family and around Waldo from his early through his mature years.

Project fields:
American Literature

Collaborative Research

Research Programs

Total amounts:
$61,000 (approved)
$61,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2000 – 6/30/2002