Our society has about 200 members in eleven countries, a prominent newsletter, and an active presence at significant scholarly and cultural events. In 2003, we conducted a year-long bicentennial celebration of Emerson’s birth. In July 2006, in collaboration with the Hawthorne and Poe societies, we organized an international conference at Oxford University. Annually we present two panels at the American Literature Association conference and a special session in Concord, Mass., in July—all furthering appreciation of the life and works of a major American writer of perennial value.

Your membership helps the Society to conduct its varied functions and brings you the semiannual Emerson Society Papers, with news of Emerson scholarship and activities of the Society.  Remember, membership is on a calendar-year basis. To renew or join the society, please use one of the two methods below.

To pay for membership via PayPal, please select from the membership levels below and click the corresponding button. Also, please be sure to fill out the Membership Information Form here.

Lifetime Membership, $500:
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Contributing Membership, $35:
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Regular Membership, $20:
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Student Membership, $5:
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Or, you may fill out the PDF form (linked below) and send it, along with your check payable to the “Ralph Waldo Emerson Society, Inc.” (U.S. dollars only), in the appropriate amount to:

Peter Balaam
Emerson Society, Secretary/Treasurer
Carleton College
1 N. College St.
Northfield, MN. 55057

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