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Thursday, May 8, 2003

Ralph Waldo Emerson watch.

Remember that Harvard Magazine celebration of good old RWE? (I mentioned it on Monday.) Now the Boston Globe's Alex Beam snarkily reports that the alumni magazine printed a picture of a fake Emerson! Scandal!

No wonder I briefly envied Harvard's archives when I didn't recognize the picture; I had spent a morning at the Boston Athenaeum looking through their collection of images for UU World's Emerson cover story, and never saw anything like the newly infamous faux Emerson. What I did see, though, was dozens of Emerson calling cards — little Victorian curiosities that people would collect, like trading cards for the literary set. Emerson apparently loved having his picture taken!

Copyright © 2003 by Philocrites | Posted 8 May 2003 at 10:09 AM

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