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This catalog accompanied the exhibit and provides a permanent record of the Ralph Waldo Emerson bicentenary exhibition at the Thomas Cooper Library. Among the items in this exhibit are manuscripts, letters, first editions, association copies and memorabilia. On display are only a relatively small number of items which are in the Emerson holdings in the larger collection, but make clear the range, depth and quality of the outstanding materials that the Myerson Collection contains.


The exhibit accompanied by this catalog was mounted to display a portion of the Joel Myerson Collection of Nineteenth Century American Literature, this exhibit focusing on a single author, Ralph Waldo Emerson. Professor Myerson, who curated this exhibit, has long been recognized both nationally and internationally for his scholarship on the American Transcendentalists, including Emerson.