Mary Moody Emerson Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

Barish, Evelyn. "Aunt" and "The Angel of Midnight." In Emerson: The Roots of Prophecy, pp. 36-53 and 132-44. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1989.

Examines the intellectual interactions of Mary Moody Emerson and Ralph Waldo Emerson, with specific regard to issues of spirituality.

Brooks, Van Wyck. "The Cassandra of New England." Scribner's Magazine 81 (February 1927): 125-9.

Describes the unconventional behavior and interests of Emerson, including her persistently Calvinist criticisms of nineteenth-century society.

Cole, Phyllis. "From the Edwardses to the Emersons." CEA Critic 49, Nos. 2-4 (Winter 1986-Summer 1987): 70-8.

Discusses the religious and intellectual influence of Mary Moody Emerson on Ralph Waldo Emerson, and emphasizes the role of autonomy and individualism in the former's brand of Calvinism.

Dibble, R. F. "She Lived to Give Pain: Aunt Mary Emerson's Eye Went Through You Like a Needle." The Century Magazine 112, No. 3 (July 1926): 326-32.

Describes in an anecdotal manner the social position and personality of Mary Moody Emerson.

Eisler, Benita. "'Up to the Mind's Elbows': The Instructive Friendship of Emerson's Aunts." American Voice 3 (Summer 1986): 96-107.

Claims that Emerson's gender prevented her from fulfilling her intellectual potential beyond the outlets of theological discussion and correspondence, which led to an influential relationship with Ralph Waldo Emerson and earned her the label of an "eccentric."

Feltenstein, Rosalie. "Mary Moody Emerson: The Gadfly of Concord." American Quarterly 5, No. 3 (Fall 1953): 231-46.

A short biography of Emerson and account of her original ideas.

Sanborn, F. B. "The Women of Concord." The Critic 48, No. 2 (February 1906): 154-60.

Provides anecdotal information about the influential women, including Emerson, who contributed to the intellectual life and reputation of Concord, Massachusetts.

——. "Thoreau's Autumn and Mary Moody Emerson." In Transcendental Writers and Heroes: Papers Chiefly on Emerson, Thoreau, Literary Friends and Contemporaries with Regional and Critical Backgrounds, edited by Kenneth Walter Cameron, pp. 97-8. Hartford: Transcendental Books, 1978.

An account—written by Sanborn on September 13, 1892—of the relationship between Henry David Thoreau and Emerson.