English Language and Literature ETDs
The purpose of this thesis is to trace the intellectual and spiritual development of Emerson. Intellectual development refers to the growth of Emerson's mind through his family and emotional experiences, his readings, his travels, and his contacts with his contemporaries. Spiritual development refers to the growth of Emerson's understanding of man's relationship to God and the universe and of his insight into the metaphysical, not only through the experiences which influenced his intellectual growth but also through his studies of nature. Since both his intellectual and spiritual development came from similar sources, the two should be considered as a unified growth. The nucleus of the thesis consists of the known facts of Emersonian biography. To his life story is added relevant material from the newly available letters, particulars from his Journals, and thoughts and ideas from his prose and poetry. The study, therefore, reveals more fully what ideas and purposes were uppermost in Emerson's mind during the successive stages of his development.
Level of Degree
First Committee Member (Chair)
Dane Farnsworth Smith
Second Committee Member
Third Committee Member
Boulter, Jessie L.. "The Intellectual and Spiritual Development of Ralph Waldo Emerson." (1944). https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/engl_etds/101