This review-essay salutes the completion of the final volume (Uncollected Prose Writings) in the fifty-year project of editing Ralph Waldo Emerson's Collected Works while also reflecting on editorial principles that result in omissions from a newly definitive representation of the author. Since the 1970s, all editors have followed the principles of Walter Greg and included only texts for which there was “initial coherent intent” by Emerson. With his increasing dementia in old age, however, such intent was construed by a team of others, yet collaborative texts have been omitted from this volume in particular. Detailing the gains of Uncollected Prose Writings, the review-essay also argues for the authenticity of selected missing texts, in particular the lecture “Mary Moody Emerson” and the Memoirs of Margaret Fuller Ossoli. Further editing work may be possible on these, following the collaborative, intertextual (often digital) models proposed since Greg's time by Jerome McGann.

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