Digital Texts

Scholars should cite the authoritative editions of Emerson’s writings as listed below.  For initial research or non-scholarly use, the Ralph Waldo Emerson Society recommends the 1903-04 Centenary Edition available both as part of the University of Michigan’s Digital Collections (Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Centenary Edition) and at www.rwe.org.

The Collected Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson, ed. Alfred R. Ferguson, Joseph Slater, Douglas Emory Wilson, Ronald A. Bosco et al. 10 vols. Cambridge, MA: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1971-2013.

The Journals and Miscellaneous Notebooks of Ralph Waldo Emerson, ed. William H. Gilman et al. 16 vols. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1960–1982.

The Early Lectures of Ralph Waldo Emerson, ed. Robert E. Spiller et al. 3 vols. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1959–1972.

The Later Lectures of Ralph Waldo Emerson: 18431871, ed. Ronald Bosco and Joel Myerson. 2 vols. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2001.

The Letters of Ralph Waldo Emerson, ed. Ralph L. Rusk and Eleanor M. Tilton. 10 vols. New York: Columbia University Press, 1990–1995.

Complete Sermons of Ralph Waldo Emerson, ed. Albert J. von Frank et al. 4 vols. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1989–1992.

Emerson’s Antislavery Writings, ed. Len Gougeon and Joel Myerson. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1995.

The Poetry Notebooks of Ralph Waldo Emerson, ed. Ralph H. Orth et al.  Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1986.

The Topical Notebooks of Ralph Waldo Emerson, ed. Ralph H. Orth et al.  3 vols.  Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1990-1994.

Below are links to Emerson’s major works via The Internet Archive: