By Sampson Reed
Edited by George F. Dole
Foreword by Sylvia Shaw
Swedenborg Studies #1
George F. Dole examines how Sampson Reed, a nineteenth-century orator and classmate of Ralph Waldo Emerson at Harvard, figures in the connection between Swedenborg and Emerson. Read more
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This short work is a collection of four essays by nineteenth-century author and transcendentalist Sampson Reed. “A Dissertation: On the Evidence from the Light of Nature of a Future Retribution” is a religious treatise that laid the groundwork for his aesthetic theory; the “Oration on Genius” is a vibrant speech which is probably America’s earliest Romantic manifesto; “Observations on the Growth of the Mind” reflects the aesthetic theory embraced by Ralph Waldo Emerson and the New England transcendentalists; and Reed’s preface to the 1838 edition of “Observations,” which showed his growing disenchantment with the transcendentalist movement he helped to inspire.
About the Swedenborg Studies Series
Swedenborg Studies is a scholarly series published by the Swedenborg Foundation. The primary purpose of the series is to make materials available for understanding the life and thought of Emanuel Swedenborg (1688–1772) and the impact his thought has had on others. The Foundation undertakes to publish original studies and English translations and to republish primary sources that are otherwise difficult to access.