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LECTURES

BY

RALPH WALDO EMERSON

Dew and Revised Edition

BOSTON
HOUGHTON, MIFFLIN AND COMPANY

New York: 11 East Seventeenth Street
The Riverside Press, Cambridge

1897

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Copyright, 1855 and 1876,
BY PHILLIPS, SAMPSON & CO. AND RALPH WALDO EMERSON.

Copyright, 1883,
BY EDWARD W. EMERSON.

All rights reserved.

The Riverside Press, Cambridge, Mass., U. S. A.
Electroty ped and Printed by H. 0. Houghton & Company.

PREFATORY NOTE.

The first eight volumes of the present edition of Mr. Emerson's writings contain his collected Essays as he left them, except some revision of the punctuation and the correction of obvious mistakes. The ninth volume comprises the pieces chosen by Mr. Emerson from the “Poems” and “May-Day: to form the “ Selected Poems," with the addition of some poems which were omitted in that selection, and some that have remained unpublished. In many instances emendations which were pencilled in the margin by Mr. Emerson, but were not adopted in the “ Selected Poems,” are now introduced, upon the ground that, as they seem to bave suggested themselves at the time when his powers were in their fullest vigor, it may fairly be supposed that he would, upon reconsideration, have admitted them. The tenth and eleventh volumes consist of lectures hitherto unprinted, and of “Occasional Addresses” and other prose-writings which have appeared separately or in periodicals.

The selection from Mr. Emerson's MSS. has

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