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Department of English Language and Literature

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Joel Myerson

Title: Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Department: English Language & Literature
College of Arts and Sciences
Email: myersonj@mailbox.sc.edu
Phone: 803-777-2165
Office: HUO 414
Resources: English Language & Literature
Joel Myerson

Education 

B.A., Tulane University, 1967
M.A., Northwestern University, 1968
Ph.D., Northwestern University, 1971

Specialization

   • Transcendentalism, especially Ralph Waldo Emerson
   • The Concord authors
   • Textual and bibliographical studies
   • Textual editing 

Research Projects

Currently editing the Account Books of Ralph Waldo Emerson and preparing updates to my descriptive primary bibliographies of Dickinson, Emerson, Fuller, and Whitman.

Selected Book Publications

   • Studies in the American Renaissance 1977-1996.  Editor.  Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1978-1982; Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1983-1996.
   • The New England Transcendentalists and the Dial: A History of the Magazine and Its Contributors.  Rutherford, N.J.: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1980.
   • Ralph Waldo Emerson: A Descriptive Bibliography.  Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1982.
   • Emily Dickinson: A Descriptive Bibliography.  Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1984.
   • The Transcendentalists: A Review of Research and Criticism.  Editor.  New York: Modern Language Association, 1984.
   • The Selected Letters of Louisa May Alcott.  Editor (with Daniel Shealy; associate editor, Madeleine B. Stern).  Boston: Little, Brown, 1987.
   • The Journals of Louisa May Alcott.  Editor (with Daniel Shealy; associate editor, Madeleine B. Stern). Boston:  Little, Brown, 1989.
   • Walt Whitman: A Descriptive Bibliography.  Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1993.
   • Louisa May Alcott, The Inheritance.  Editor (with Daniel Shealy).  New York: Dutton Books, 1997.
   • The Selected Letters of Ralph Waldo Emerson.  Editor.  New York: Columbia University Press, 1997.
   • Margaret Fuller, Critic: Writings in the New-York Tribune, 1844-1846.  Editor (with Judith Mattson Bean).  New York: Columbia University Press, 2000.
   • Transcendentalism: A Reader.  Editor.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.
   • The Later Lectures of Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1843-1871, 2 vols.  Editor (with Ronald A. Bosco).  Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2001.
   • The Selected Letters of Nathaniel Hawthorne.  Editor.  Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2002
   • Ralph Waldo Emerson: A Bicentennial Exhibition at Houghton Library of the Harvard College Library (with Ronald A. Bosco). Cambridge: Houghton Library, Harvard University Press, 2003.
   • The Selected Lectures of Ralph Waldo Emerson.  Editor (with Ronald A. Bosco).  Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2005.
   • Emerson Bicentennial Essays.  Editor (with Ronald A. Bosco).  Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 2006.
   • The Emerson Brothers: A Fraternal Biography in Letters (with Ronald A. Bosco).  New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.
   • Ralph Waldo Emerson, Letters and Social Aims, vol. 8 in The Collected Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson.  Editor.  Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2010.
   • The Oxford  Handbook  of Transcendentalism.  Editor (with Sandra Harbert Petrulionis and Laura Dassow Walls).  New York: Oxford University Press, 2010.
   • Ralph Waldo Emerson, Uncollected Prose Writings: Addresses, Essays, and Reviews. Editor (with Ronald A. Bosco).  Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2013.
   • Ralph Waldo Emerson: The Major Prose.  Editor (with Ronald A. Bosco).  Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2015.
   • Picturing Emerson: An Iconography (with Leslie Perrin Wilson). Cambridge: Houghton Library, Harvard University Press, 2016 [i.e., 2017]. 

Selected Exhibitions Curated
  • "Transcendentalists & Friends: An Exhibit Selected from The Joel Myerson Collection of Nineteenth-Century American Literature," Thomas Cooper Library, University of South Carolina, 26 November-31 December 2001.  http://library.sc.edu/spcoll/amlit/T&D.pdf.
   • "Ralph Waldo Emerson: A Bicentennial Exhibition 1803-2003" (with Ronald A. Bosco), Houghton Library, Harvard University, 26 March-7 June 2003.
   • "Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass: A Celebration of an American Poem.".  Dunedin Public Library, New Zealand, October-November 2005. Dunedin, New Zealand: University of Otago Library, 2005.
   • "Collecting Transcendentalism," Concord Free Public Library, Concord, Massachusetts, October 2011-January 2012.
   • “Picturing Emerson: A Selection of Lifetime Portraits of Ralph Waldo Emerson” (with Leslie Perrin Wilson), Concord Free Public Library, March-May 2017.

Selected Honors and Awards
   • National Endowment for the Humanities, Division of Research Grants, Research Materials Program grant (1978‑1981) for Ralph Waldo Emerson: A Descriptive Bibliography.
   • Margaret Fuller: An Annotated Secondary Bibliography designated by Choice as an "Outstanding Academic Book for 1977."
   • The American Renaissance in New England designated by Library Journal as an "Outstanding Reference Book for 1979."
   • The American Renaissance in New England, Brook Farm: An Annotated Bibliography and Resources Guide, and Margaret Fuller: A Descriptive Bibliography each designated by Choice as an  "Outstanding Reference Book for 1979."
   • John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship (1981‑1982) to complete Emily Dickinson: A Descriptive Bibliography.
   • American Philosophical Society Research Grant (1984‑1985) to work on The Brothers Emerson: A Group Biography.
   • The Transcendentalists: A Review of Research and Criticism designated by Choice as an "Outstanding Academic Book for 1984."
   • National Endowment for the Humanities, Research Materials Program, Access Program grant (1988‑1992) for Walt Whitman: A Descriptive Bibliography.
   • The Journals of Louisa May Alcott named winner of the Children's Literature Association Book Award for 1990.
   • Faculty Mentor Award, Graduate English Club, University of South Carolina (1992).
   • Elected Corresponding Member of the Massachusetts Historical Society (1994).
   • National Endowment for the Humanities, Editions Program grant (1994‑1997) for The Later Lectures of Ralph Waldo Emerson (with Ronald A. Bosco).
   • Elected to membership in the American Antiquarian Society (1995).
   • Lyman H. Butterfield award for contributions to the field of documentary editing, Association for Documentary Editing, 27 October 1995.
   • Emersonian Circles: Essays in Honor of Joel Myerson, ed. Wesley T. Mott and Robert E. Burkholder (Rochester: University of Rochester Press, 1997).
   • Teacher of the Year Award (co-winner), English department (1997).
   • National Endowment for the Humanities, Collaborative Research Program grant (1997‑1999) for The Later Lectures of Ralph Waldo Emerson (with Ronald A. Bosco).
   • National Endowment for the Humanities, Collaborative Research Program grant (2000-2002) for The Correspondence of Ralph Waldo Emerson and His Brothers (with Ronald A. Bosco).
   • Fulbright lectureship, Japan, July-August 2002.
   • Fulbright Senior Specialist fellowship at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, 14-28 October 2005.
   • Emerson’s Uncollected Prose Writings: Addresses, Essays, and Reviews designated by Choice as an “Outstanding Academic Book for 2013.”
   • Julian P. Boyd Award, Association for Documentary Editing. The highest award presented by the ADE, it is given every three years to a senior scholar in honor of a distinguished contribution to the study of American history and culture.

Selected Professional Activities
   • Modern Language Association: Delegate Assembly member (1978‑1980); American Literature Section: advisory council (1984‑1986); Bibliography and Textual Studies Discussion Group: chair (1990‑1991); Committee on Scholarly Editions (1987‑1991); Nineteenth‑Century American Literature Division: chair (1991‑1992).
   • Philological Association of the Carolinas: President (1987‑1988).
   • Association for Documentary Editing: President (1989‑1990).
   • Thoreau Society: President (1992‑1996), Secretary (1997-2004), board of directors (1984‑2004).
   • Ralph Waldo Emerson Society: President (1994‑1995).
   • Thomas Cooper Society [Friends of the USC Library], Executive Board (1997-1998, 2003-2006).
   • Margaret Fuller Society: President (2000-2002).
   • Louisa May Alcott Society: President (2005-2008).


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