• Sampson Reed

    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 Author

George F. Dole holds a BA from Yale, an MA from Oxford, and a PhD from Harvard. Now professor emeritus, Dr. Dole taught ancient languages, the Bible, and theology at the Swedenborg School of Religion in Newton, Massachusetts. He is also the author of Freedom and Evil, Sorting Things Out, and A Book about Us. He lives in Bath, Maine.

 

Sylvia Montgomery Shaw is a Mexican-American writer and scholar who was born in Mexico, grew up fully bilingual, majored in Spanish literature as an undergraduate and earned a doctorate degree in English. Her teaching career has taken her to the University of Rhode Island, Clark University, Boston University, and Bryn Athyn College, where she currently teaches English literature. Her research interests include Emanuel Swedenborg’s influence on writers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and studies on the historiography of the Mexican Revolution of 1910. She currently divides her time between Sutton, Massachusetts, and Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania.

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.

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