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This catalog accompanied the exhibit which displays a portion of the Joel Myerson Collection of Nineteenth-century American Literature. It brings to the library comprehensive collections of first editions for Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), Margaret Fuller (1810-1850), Theodore Parker (1810-1860), Walt Whitman (1819-1892), and Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), along with manuscripts, letters, proofs, later and posthumous editions, and associated scholarship. With these core collections are smaller collections for lesser-known writers of the Transcendentalist movement, such as Christopher Pearse Cranch (1813-1892), significant groups of early editions from other writers of the period such as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry David Thoreau, Bronson and Louisa May Alcott, Herman Melville, and Harold Frederic, important runs of contemporary periodicals, and a seven thousand-volume reference collection of the scholarly publications about the period. A selection of these items is on display.


The exhibit accompanied by this catalog was mounted to display a portion of the Myerson Collection of Nineteenth-century American Literature. This collection represents the Library’s first recent addition to the library’s American literature collections focusing on 19th-century authors. The collection was built up over a period of more than thirty years by one of the leading scholars on the movement it represents, Professor Joel Myerson, Carolina Distinguished Professor of American Literature and a former chair of the English Department. Professor Myerson has published some sixty books on nineteenth century American literature, as well as having published the standard scholarly bibliographical studies on each of the main authors that he has collected. Professor Myerson has agreed to assist the library in the continued growth of the collection.

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