In Search of Emerson in Europe
Camden — The celebrated Transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson made three voyages to Europe. The first was in 1833, when Emerson, searching for inspirational, published writers, went to England and Scotland. Photographer Bill Anderson re-visited Emerson’s trips to England and Scotland and will present an illustrated talk, July 18 at 3 p.m. at the downtown Camden Public Library.
On this first trip, Emerson sailed first to Malta and spent several months in Italy before traveling through Switzerland and Paris on his way to the British Isles. In Liverpool, he sought out Thomas Carlyle. When he returned to Concord, he began his writing career and in 1847 and ‘48, as a successful published writer and lecturer, he lectured in England and Scotland, renewing his friendship with Carlyle. The last trip was in 1872 after a terrible fire that nearly destroyed his studio library, and he traveled with his daughter Ellen.
Anderson recreated the trips and made some startling discoveries in the Scottish countryside that offered insight about Concord’s Sage when he met the soon-to-be Sage of Chelsea. All of which is to say, the photographer said, “that Anderson is not Emerson, so come sit for an hour and see how the travels unfolded.”
Courier Publications' A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or firstname.lastname@example.org.